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

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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.

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