Building Livable Rural Places

10:39:37 AM | 27/8/2019

In the past 10 years, the Red River Delta and North Central Coast have attained various achievements in new countryside construction and become the brightest stars in the country, with the most creative innovations and the most effective methods in new countryside construction. The regions have also inspired the Government to issue new mechanisms and policies for effective new countryside construction.

Affordable new countryside construction

As of July 2019, the rate of new countryside-certified communes in the Red River Delta and the North Central Coast was 69.1% (2,402 out of 3,474 communes), up 48% from the end of 2015, the highest rate across the country), much higher than the national average of 50.26%. In the regions, 12 out of 17 provinces and cities issued advanced new countryside criteria for communes. By the end of 2020, the regions will have 88 communes qualified for advanced criteria, including 52 communes in the Red River Delta and 36 communes in the North Central Coast (according to the report on 10-year implementation of the National Target Program for New Countryside Construction, Central Coordinating Office for New Countryside).

Many provinces and cities in the regions have issued criteria for exemplary rural residential areas and 510 residential areas have been certified for exemplary. By the end of 2020, the regions will have 939 exemplary new rural residential areas. The regions have 4,913 exemplary gardens (3,382 in Ha Tinh province and 1,526 in Quang Ninh province) and strive to have ​​10,303 exemplary gardens in 2020. After nearly 10-year implementation of new countryside construction, the countryside face, especially in the Red River Delta, has been uplifted. Infrastructure projects have been invested and upgraded to support production activities and people’s livelihoods.

Addressing the meeting, Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue, Head of the National Steering Committee for National Target Programs, noted that localities continue to improve, restore and maintain essential infrastructure for production development and livelihood improvement in rural areas. In addition, some localities advocated upgrading certified communes to advanced new countryside communes. Communes have continued to maintain their achieved criteria and raise weak ones.

At the same time, they should continue reviewing and overcoming hardships, tapping potential and advantages, carrying out consistent solutions to align production development with agricultural restructuring and rural economic restructuring, income increase and employment and improve material and spiritual life of local people. They will strive to realize advanced countryside standards and exemplary countryside standards.

New countryside construction has a starting point but it has no ending point. Certified communes and districts should not neglect their work of new countryside construction, the Deputy Prime Minister stressed.

Nearly 70% of communes recognized as meeting new countryside standards

At the meeting, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyen Xuan Cuong affirmed that, in the past 10 years, localities in the Red River Delta and the North Central Coast are flexible and creative to introduce many special mechanisms and policies, inspiring the Prime Minister to ratify many grassroots new countryside construction. That is also an important stepping stone for the Red River Delta and the North Central Coast to have nearly 70% of communes recognized to meet new countryside standards, up 48% from the end of 2015, the highest rate across the country), much higher than the national average of 50.26%.

Mr. Nguyen Dac Vinh, Secretary of Nghe An Provincial Party Committee, said, the province has introduced many creative solutions and persisted in building new rural areas based on five principles. Particularly, new countryside construction is aligned with agricultural restructuring; investment is prioritized for production development, people’s livelihood improvement, income growth, hunger eradication and poverty reduction; investment is focused for rational infrastructure construction; investment is channeled for raising people's intellectual standards, ensuring the quality of universal education and vocational training; and investment is for building a clean, beautiful, green environment, upholding local identity and developing tourism.

Developing rural tours

According to Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue, the Red River Delta and the North Central Coast have many historical relics and revolutionary relics. These places are the starting points of most of feudal dynasties in Vietnam. With millennial cultural traditions, stretching beaches and majestic natural landscapes, the regions have promoted new countryside tours, combined with historical and revolutionary relics as well as marine tourism sites to create ripple effects and improve tourism product quality. As a result, the regions have attracted more domestic and international tourists to experience truly peaceful countryside life in Vietnam.

Appreciating objectives, tasks and solutions of carrying out the National Target Program for New Countryside Construction in the Red River Delta and the North Central Coast beyond 2020, Deputy Prime Minister Hue asked the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to work with relevant ministries and agencies to collect and clarify contents to be added to the Program for New Countryside Construction to be applied across the country in 2021 - 2030; study and assess national new countryside criteria for communes and districts; and adjust and supplement criteria to match development levels in 2021-2025. He also noted that provinces and cities should urgently take the initiative in developing a medium-term public investment plan for the 2021 - 2025 period, which specifies resources for new countryside construction.

Minh Ngoc