Steering Committee for North-western Region completes tasks

Tuesday, 2017-12-26 11:28:23
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NDO/ VNA – After 13 years of operations, the Steering Committee for North-western Region (SCNR) has fulfilled its tasks, contributing to boosting socio-economic growth and ensuring defence-security in the region, said Nguyen Van Binh, head of the committee, at a meeting on December 25.

Binh, a member of the Politburo, Secretary of the Communist Party’s Central Committee and head of the Party Central Committee’s Economic Commission, said that the SCNR has helped to improve the capacity of Party committees and local governments.

The SCNR will end its operation following the 12th Party Central Committee’s Decision 18-TW dated October 25 and the Politburo’s Decision 104-QDTW dated November 28, he said.

Participants at the meeting proposed that, after the SCNR’s operation ends, it is necessary to design preferential policies for the North-western region’s development, while continue to provide capital to the region in order to implement key development projects.

Binh asked the regional localities to focus on ensuring their growth targets for 2018, improve their management of budget collection and budget spending, while accelerating the restructuring of the agricultural sector and administrative reform.

Localities should also improve their ethnic and religious policies, thus maintaining national solidarity.

In 2017, gross regional development product of the region grew 8.43% from 2016, with per capita income of VND 30.75 million (US$1,356), up VND 2.25 million (US$99) compared to 2016.

The region’s State budget collection hit VND 36.8 trillion (US$1.62 billion), exceeding the yearly target by 1.1%. Its industrial production is estimated at VND 138.2 trillion (US$6.09 billion), up 13.6% over the previous year. Total investment reached VND 153.3 trillion (US$6.76 billion), up 10% annually.

This year, 106 communes have been recognised as new-style rural areas, raising the total recognised communes to 318.