Quaûng Ninh gears toward green growth
The people of Quaûng Ninh will celebrate their province’s 50th anniversary on October 30. As part of the landmark occasion, Phaïm Minh Chính, secretary of the provincial Party Committee, spoke to Vieät Nam News about the socio-economic development seen in
Phaïm Minh Chính, secretary of the provincial Party Committee, spoke to Vieät Nam News about the socio-economic development seen in Quaûng Ninh as it prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary.
Can you tell us about the significance of the anniversary for your province? The year 2013 has great significance for Quaûng Ninh Province. It is an occasion for us to review the heroic and glorious traditions and achievements that the provincial party, administration and people have recorded in the past 50 years. It is also an occasion for us to consolidate our unity while mobilising and enhancing our internal strengths to achieve more socioeconomic achievements in the years to come.
On this occasion, once more we want to introduce to our friends inside and outside Vieät Nam to the province's potential and strengths, as well as our hard working and friendly people. And of course, we also want to take this occasion to express our sincere thanks to the Party and Government and friends near and far for their support and assistance.
To mark the 50th founding anniversary of Quaûng Ninh, since early this year we have launched many activities or events.
These include the communication and dissemination about of the tradition "kyû luaät and ñoàng taâm" (discipline and unanimity) of the working class; the persistent and heroic fighting spirit and the working creativity of the Quaûng Ninh people in general throughout
“In the context of the current economic downturn, we highly appreciate the contributions in cash and kind as well as the spirit of the Quaûng Ninh people.”
the course of building and defending the homeland, particularly in the present socio-economic development process, especially in the current period of renewal and international integration. We also take the occasion to extol people who have set good examples by following President Hoà Chí Minh's morality in learning, working and fighting.
2013 is the year we also celebrate the 20th anniversary of Haï Long City.
Our province has also organised an emulation campaign among the workers, farmers, intellectuals and others, and made efforts to complete 30 special projects on this occasion. We also organise activities showing our gratitude to people who have rendered great services to the homeland and the province.
Other activities include writing and art competitions as well as exhibitions and art shows with the province being the main theme.
Will you please tell us more about the 30 key projects and the funding sources for them?
As I have mentioned, so far this year, Quaûng Ninh has focused on completing the 30 most important projects to honour the anniversary. Among these projects, I should mention the Haûi Phoøng-Haï Long express way, the renovation of National Road 18, the provincial museum and library, and connecting Coâ Toâ Island to the national grid. The completion of these projects has a great significance for us, as it reflects our high sense of responsibility towards the great event.
With this spirit, Quaûng Ninh has mobilised all available resources, ranging from the state budget, ODA, bank loans, local bonds and investment in the Build-Operate and Transfer (BOT) and Build and Transfer (BT) models.
During the projects, we have paid special attention to quality control through inspections.
In the context of the current economic downturn, we highly appreciate the contributions in cash and kind as well as the spirit of the Quaûng Ninh people and enterprises during the preparations that have made the anniversary more meaningful.
Will you please further elaborate on the achievements gained by the province in the last 50 years and the province's future plans?
I'm proud to say that our province has recorded many remarkable achievements in the aspects of economics, culture and society, national defence and security, external policy and others.
Economically speaking, with active support and assistance from the Party and Government together with the energetic response and determination of the provincial government and people, Quaûng Ninh is now the only province with four cities (Haï Long,
Moùng Caùi, Caåm Phaû and Uoâng Bí), growing at more than 11 per cent over the last 10 years with an annual GDP of US$2,657 per capita. I'm very proud to say that our economic restructuring is advancing with a strong and steady increase in the service sector and a gradual decline in the industrial sector.
From a province previously dependent on coal mining as the core of the economy, in 2012, the province ranked 5th among cities and provinces nationwide that contributed to the state budget. In addition, it also became a major economic centre of Vieät Nam, particular in coal mining, thermo power and construction materials. That's not all, Quaûng Ninh has become a tourism centre with the Haï Long World Natural Heritage Site and other attractions such as Baùi Töû Long Bay and the trade service centre at the Moùng Caùi international border gate. In other words, the rich historic and revolutionary tradition, together with the very special cultural value, has laid a firm foundation for Quaûng Ninh to advance in the course of renewal on the path of industrialisation, modernisation and international integration.
Regarding the province's future development plans, there are three strategic tasks which are closely associated with the renewal of the growth model, economic restructuring and sustainable development switching from "naâu" (brown) development to "xanh" (green) development.
The province's socio-economic spatial development will be devel-
“I'm very proud to say that our economic restructuring is advancing with a strong and steady increase in the service sector and a gradual decline in the industrial sector.”
oped along the line of “One centre, Two directions, Multi-dimensions and Two breakthroughs”.
Haï Long is the centre of the plan. Two directions are one in the west and the other in the east. The west direction along Ba Cheõ, Hoaønh Boà, Quaûng Yeân, Uoâng Bí and Ñoâng Trieàu will connect Haï Long with the Red River Delta and Haø Noäi via waterways land, roads and railways. The east direction along Caåm Phaû, Moùng Caùi, Vaân Ñoàn, Coâ Toâ, Tieân Yeân, Bình Lieâu, Ñaàm Haø and Haûi Haø goes toward Northeast Asia and China, and connects with other countries via inland border gates, airports and international sea ports.
Regarding the multi-dimensional development, I can say that it is not limited administratively by geographical locations and is dynamic and open.
The two breakthroughs will be the construction and development of the Vaân Ñoàn Special Administrative Economic Zone and the Moùng Caùi Border Free Economic Zone.
As I have mentioned above, our ultimate objective is to turn Quang Ninh into a province where the service sector and modern industry is the core with an international tourism centre, an economic spearhead for the North and for the nation as a whole, and an advanced maritime economy. All these will serve as a solid foundation for the province to surge ahead, and by 2020, it will become a province with comprehensive economic development and a bas- tion for the national cause of construction and defence of the socialist homeland.
Quaûng Ninh has adopted quite a few planning projects. Can you tell us about the progress of these projects?
I should say that one of the key tasks of the whole political system in Quaûng Ninh is the work of planning and strategy formulation for the years to come as well as in the long term. Good planning and good strategies are a prerequisite for our stable development with a feasible and workable road map. In order achieve this, Quaûng Ninh authorities have adopted a proactive attitude and asked the Government for approval to employ foreign consultants to help us develop key planning activities. All sectors have to develop their own plans while the Party and other political and societal organisations have to define strategies for the period to 2020 with a vision to 2030.
Socio-economic development planning will serve as a reference for other schemes to refer to. At present, the Provincial Planning Working Group together with the foreign consultants are updating and completing the content of the provincial socio-economic development plan. The final plan will be submitted to the Prime Minister for approval in the fourth quarter of this year.
Regarding the funding for these schemes, the bulk of the budget will come from the provincial budget and the rest from different partners.
A stunning corner of Haï Long City, Quaûng Ninh Province, that
is tempting the tourists.