NDO – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has asked Nghe An province to improve its investment environment and strive to be listed in the top 20 localities nationwide with the highest competitiveness index over the next two years. The Prime Minister made the request at a working session with the province’s key leaders on February 19 to review the locality’s socio-economic achievements in 2016 and the first months of 2017. He hailed the province for fulfilling 25 out of 27 criteria regarding socio-economic development in 2016. Accordingly, Nghe An recorded the highest budget collection with over VND11 trillion last year. A total of 152 communes in the province have been recognised as new-style rural areas. The locality has also gained positive progress in culture, security and social safety. Outlining tasks for the province in 2017, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc tasked Nghe An to continue its robust implementation of the Politburo and Government’s resolutions. The locality was requested to enhance economic restructuring, develop hi-tech agriculture, protect the environment, improve people’s living conditions, and maintain security and social order. It was also assigned to stand out as an incubator for start-up businesses and work out solutions to raise the quality of human resources as well as protect and uphold indigenous cultural characteristics.