Deputy Prime Minister Vu Van Ninh made therequest at a conference of the Southwestern Region Steering Committee inCan Tho city on July 18 to review the performance of its tasks in thefirst half of the year and discuss orientations for the second half.
Deputy PM Ninh, who is also head of the committee, urged theregion to enhance market and budget management as well as actively fightsmuggling and trade fraud.
Regional sectors and localitieswere required to take measures to boost production and goods consumptionin a sustainable manner while considering production planning andproduct restructuring based on each’s strength.
Productionshould be combined with processing and consumption, he said, stressingthe need to seek a good model that can be multiplied in the region.
The State also needs to devise policies and mechanisms oninfrastructure investment and scientific-technological application inproduction, he stressed.
The Deputy PM praised significantachievements the region has made in socio-economic development over thepast six months, with an average GDP growth of 9 percent, nearlydoubling the country’s figure, people’s improved living standards andreduced poverty rate.
This year, the region aims to containinflation, stabilise the macro-economy with a 11 percent economicgrowth, raise average per capita income to 37 million VND (1,760 USD)per annum, and generate 11 billion USD from exports, a year-on-yearincrease of 10 percent.-VNA
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