Regional ties vital for development of southeast region: party leader

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VIETNAM, October 24 –

HÀ NỘI — Regional ties must be the overriding mindset in the Southeast region to help unlock its full potential as the country’s “economic powerhouse”.

The region, which includes the city of HCM and five provinces managed by the central government, Tây Ninh, Bình Phước, Bình Dương, Đồng Nai and Bà Rịa-Vũng Tàu, has wide and open land suitable for agricultural, industrial and urban development. , and construction of a transport system.

Party General Secretary Nguyễn Phú Trọng made the remarks on Sunday while addressing a Politburo meeting in Hà Nội on the implementation of Politburo Resolution 24-NQ/TW of October 7, 2022 on socio-economic development, maintaining security and defense in the south-eastern region until 2030, with a vision towards 2045.

In 2020, the Gross Regional Product (GRDP) of the South-East region was multiplied by 4.9 compared to 2005 and by 2.6 compared to 2010, exceeding the target set.

The region contributes 32% of the country’s GDP and 44.7% of total state budget revenue. Per capita income in 2020 was the highest in the country. The urbanization rate of the southeast region has reached 67%, the percentage of communes meeting the new rural standards is 79.5%, ranking second in the country.

The latest Politburo resolution clearly spells out the need for continued innovation, dynamism and decisive change to make the Southeast region the main economic, financial, commercial, education and training, human resources and of science and technology of the country and the region. It must consolidate its role as a link between the Mekong Delta, the central highlands and the south-central coastal region in the national economy by 2030.

The region also needs to pave the way for digital transformation, building e-government, digital economy and digital society, with smart and modern urban transport and intra-regional, inter-regional and regional transport system “substantially complete”.

According to the resolution, environmental pollution, traffic jams and floods must be brought under control by 2030.

By 2045, the Southeast region will become a development region with strong economic potential and a modern economic structure; a hub for science, technology and innovation, high-tech industry and logistics; a leading international financial center for the region and the world; modern and synchronous infrastructure, harmonious development between economy, culture and society, environmental protection, defense and security guaranteed. In addition, people here will have a high quality of life, with medical and educational quality at the top in Southeast Asia.

HCM City will be the heart of the region, attracting talents and experts and high quality human resources to live and work in, with the presence of major international financial institutions and economic groups.

This resolution covers rapid and sustainable development that will create breakthroughs in the regional economy by improving development institutions and policies, developing science, technology and innovation, improving urban infrastructure and ensuring the defense and national security.

Party leader Trọng said all political levels must fully understand the purpose, meaning and content of the resolution to have a consistent understanding and unified political will.

He noted that the administration and people of the southeast region should fully understand the role of the region and identify its challenges and benefits. The bottlenecks must be addressed in order to have appropriate measures and policies to ensure decisive changes in the development of the region.

The Party leader urged the government and central agencies to strengthen coordination with local authorities to develop and implement priority and specialized legal regulations and policies to boost regional development, strictly implement the regional master plan in 2021-30 with a vision towards 2045 in the direction of “green, sustainable and global development”.

Trọng also stressed the need to intensify the fight against corruption and the degradation of morals and ways of life in the ranks of the Party, to promote saving practices and avoid waste, and to strengthen administrative reforms. and to streamline the education of Party members, especially the younger generation.

At the end of this meeting, he urged all political levels to develop action plans and study programs to disseminate the content of the resolution.

The Party leader expressed confidence that Party committees, local governments and people in the southeast region will promote the fine traditions of heroism, innovation and humanism to achieve development goals. —VNS

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