Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc at the event (Photo: VNA)
It was the fifth working session between the two sides. Leaders from the northern mountainous provinces of Yen Bai, Cao Bang, Phu Tho, Son La, Hoa Binh, Lao Cai, Dien Bien, Lai Chau, Ha Giang, the central provinces of Nghe An and Thanh Hoa and Hanoi attended the event.
Speaking at the event, PM Phuc asked the sub-committee to work closely with local authorities to build 2021-2025 socio-economic development orientations and 2021-2030 socio-economic development strategy in preparation for the 13th National Party Congress.
He lauded 11 provinces and Hanoi for their socio-political stability, sustainable economic growth and high revenues to the State budget. The rate of poor households in many localities has been reduced to 4-6 percent.
The leader highlighted the northern mountainous region’s important role in protecting ecological environment and directing water for daily use in the Red River Delta and the capital city.
He requested improving local lives because the regional poverty rate tops 17 percent, higher than the country’s average of nearly 7 percent while sustainably developing forestry and stabilising border security.
According to him, education remains poor in the region so that more efforts should be taken to fix it.
The PM suggested fully tapping each locality’s comparative advantage, boosting imports-exports to China, effectively using land to develop cultivation and animal husbandry.
He agreed with localities’ suggestion to build new special policies, enhance investment in infrastructure using official development assistance and other social resources.
About regional development orientations, he proposed expanding cooperation with not only Hanoi but also other regional markets.
He assigned the Transport Ministry and the Government Office to collect feedback to deal with regional infrastructure issues.