Bac Ninh urged to accelerate progress of socio-economic infrastructure projects

Tuesday, 2020-08-25 10:41:44
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Permanent Deputy PM Truong Hoa Binh speaks at the working session. (Photo: VGP)
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NDO – Permanent Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh has urged Bac Ninh Province to accelerate the implementation progress of socio-economic infrastructure projects to meet the development requirements and criteria for a centrally run city.

Speaking at a working session with key provincial leaders on August 24, Politburo member Binh hailed Bac Ninh as one of seven provinces taking the lead in public investment disbursement and a highlight in the balanced disbursement of local budgets.

In the light of complicated COVID-19 developments, he asked the province to find new engines for sustainable development across the three pillars of “renovation, innovation and aspiration” to fully tap into its potential.

Bac Ninh should enhance the application of information technology in public service provision and speed up the pace in building the e-government and smart cities towards a digital government and digital economy, contributing to the formation of a professional administration and a clean and safe environment, the deputy PM suggested.

He asked the province to improve the business climate and promote creative innovation to become a destination of tourists and investors; accelerate the development of high-technology industries and supporting industries with a focus on electronics; and develop industrial parks and clusters in a sustainable manner associated with environmental protection.

General view of the working session. (Photo: VGP)

Bac Ninh needs to take effective measures to remove difficulties for business and production, facilitate the disbursement of public investment and ensure social order and safety, Deputy PM Binh stated, asking the locality to improve the rate of disbursement for key projects, especially those with completion progress in 2020.

According to a report by Vice Chairman of the Provincial People’s Committee Nguyen Huu Thanh, as of August 20, Bac Ninh’s disbursement of local budgets reached 68% of the target set for the year, while the disbursement rate of the provincial budget hit 52.8%.

Between January-August, the province licensed 29 new domestic projects with registered capital of over VND3.1 trillion (US$133.44 million) and attracted US$731 million worth of new and additional FDI pledges. Bac Ninh’s exports have been estimated at US$20.64 billion, with imports at US$18.68 billion, both recording year-on-year increases. Meanwhile, the province’s total budget revenue was estimated at VND18.67 trillion (US$803.6 million), equal to 63.7% of the year’s target and down 6.6% from the same period last year.

Thanh suggested that the Government considers allowing Bac Ninh to upgrade its districts of Tien Du, Yen Phong, Thuan Thanh and Que Vo to fourth-class towns, aimed at accelerating the urbanisation and building of Bac Ninh into a centrally run city.