POLICIES ON SEA AND ISLAND

Provinces asked to promote sea-based economy

TTXVN-VNA | 30-12-2016 | 17:18 |

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc (Photo: VNA)

Quang Nam (VNA) – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has urged central Quang Nam province to pay heed to promoting sea-based economy, focusing on providing credit support and vocational training for locals, increasing the number of fishing boats and considering possibilities of shipbuilding industry development.

 

The need for the locality to make a study of aquaculture in hydroelectric reservoirs, promote labour export, natural disaster and forest fire prevention, research and rescue, disease prevention and environmental protection have been underlined.

 

Sustainable development of hi-tech and support industries, and effective exploitation of popular tourism sites such as Hoi An Ancient Town, Cu Lao Cham Island, My Son Holy Land along with traditional trade villages and beaches in the locality.       

 

Attentions should be also paid to issues concerning socio-culture development, education, health care, poverty reduction, social welfare, and policy for contributors to the national revolution, especially those in disadvantaged and mountainous areas.

 

Accordingly, administrative reform should be stepped up towards improving the provincial competitive index and the business climate, the Deputy PM said, adding that specific ways must be devised to foster start-up activities and lure more strategic investors to the locality.

 

Local authorities have taken many solutions to agricultural development and new-style area building, job generation and high-quality human resources training.     

 

Quang Nam enjoyed a stable GDP growth in the first six months of this year, hitting 11.7 percent. It posted year-on-year increases of 6 percent in export turnover, 12.4 percent in industrial production, and nearly 13 percent of t  otal retail    sales of consumer    goods and services, in the period. The number of tourists to the province was up 23 percent over the same period last year.

 

Meanwhile, the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang holds great potential to develop a marine economy with  200 kilometers of coastline and 143 islands.

 

Proper investment was poured into seafood, tourism, marine transport, fishing services, and the seafood processing industry, thus helping the province rank 3rd in the delta in terms of maritime economic development.   

 

The sea-based economic sector contributed to over 75 percent of the local gross domestic product (GDP) in 2015. The GDP per capita in the year doubled that of 2010 to reach around 3,000 USD.   

 

As of 2015, the province drew over 300 investment projects into coastal and island regions, with a total registered capital of over 138 trillion VND (6.21 billion USD).   

 

A number of projects were put into operation such as the Vinpearl Phu Quoc eco-tourism resort, Phu Quoc international airport, Bai Vong port, An Thoi international port, and waterway transport systems.   

 

The province also launched new tours and international flights linking Phu Quoc island, which was approved to become a hi-end eco-tourism resort centre in the region and beyond, with foreign countries such as Russia, Singapore, Cambodia, China and the Republic of Korea.   

 

In 2015, the tourism sector greeted 4.3 million visitors, up 50 percent against 2010.   

 

The locality also focused on diversifying aquatic products. Its 23 aquactic processing plants were able to produce over 165,000 tonnes of products per year between 2011 and 2015.    

 

The seafood export turnover in 2015 was valued at 137 million USD, up 20 million USD over 2010.   

 

Despites achievements, Kien Giang needs to outline proper policies to further develop the marine economy. The current application of one common policy in the field has made it difficult to build a marine tourism environment.    

 

In addition to setting up off-shore fishing groups, the province signed agreements with foreign partners to expand fishing grounds.   

 

According to Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Mai Anh Nhin, the province will improve off-shore fishing activities over time.   

 

The province will also devise more support policies for fishermen and call for investment in fishing logistics services at island communes to reduce transport costs./.

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