Tien Giang Creating Economic Boosts, Accelerating Industrialisation and Modernisation

10:38:49 AM | 23/10/2014

Tien Giang province has achieved many important and comprehensive accomplishments in all areas and asserted its increasingly important position in the Mekong Delta. Vietnam Business Forum has an exclusive interview with Mr Nguyen Van Khang, Chairman of Tien Giang Provincial People's Committee, on the province’s successes and development orientations. Thanh Tam reports.
Could you please tell us the important results Tien Giang province has attained after nearly four years implementing the Resolution of the 9th Provincial Party Congress (2010-2015 term)?
By promoting solidarity and actively overcoming difficulties, the Party, the Government, and people of Tien Giang province have effectively executed the Resolution of the 11th National Congress of the Communist Party of Vietnam and the Resolution of the 9th Provincial Party Congress and achieved important results. Economic growth is substantial and economic restructuring is well-directed. Industries and economic sectors are restructured to better tap local comparative advantages; mechanisms and policies are gradually perfected and are producing good efficiency; local potential and advantages are tapped to meet socioeconomic development requirements. Specifically, the province’s GDP growth was estimated at 9.7 percent a year in the 2011 - 2014 period and expected at 9.8 percent in the 2010-2015 period. The scale of social development investment capital keeps going up, to VND21,517 billion in 2014 and totals VND71,751 billion in four years (2011-2014), equal to 31.3 percent of the GDP. The export turnover exceeded US$1 billion in 2013 and was expected to top US$1.17 billion in 2014, bringing the total export turnover to US$4.02 billion in four years (2011-2014). Export growth surpassed the target of the Resolution. Income per capita is expected to reach VND40.5 million in 2014, doubling that in 2010.
 
During the remaining time of the current term, based on the adjusted master development plan to 2020, with orientation to 2030, the Tien Giang Province People's Committee will direct relevant agencies and local governments to mobilise investment resources and speed up administrative reform; build and implement industry-based restructuring projects (firstly agricultural restructuring); and seek solutions to existing difficulties facing businesses. In addition, the province will effectively enforce the Resolution of the Provincial Party Committee on trade and services development. The province will focus on developing service sectors with high added value, promoting the development of other production and services sectors; and actively generating economic growth momentum to pave the way for Tien Giang province to sustain development, industrialisation and modernisation.
 
In 2004, the Tien Giang Provincial People's Committee and the Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee signed a socioeconomic development cooperation programme on the basis of mutual benefit. Could you tell us the remarkable cooperation achievements of this programme over the past 10 years?
The 10-year socioeconomic development cooperation programme between Tien Giang province and HCM City has brought positive results. Tien Giang has so far attracted 38 investment projects valued at VND12 trillion from HCM City and 203 enterprises with a total registered capital of VND5,653 billion, particularly the VND1,487 billion petroleum and LPG depot and port invested by Saigon Petro Co. Ltd in Go Cong Dong district. The project was granted its investment certificate in April 2014 and the investor is now quickly preparing the detailed plan for approval.
 
However, the cooperation between the two localities still has certain limitations. To overcome these limitations and promote the connectivity in the future, the Provincial People's Committee of Tien Giang will concentrate on eradicating obstacles and difficulties and increase support for investors. It will also further promote investment attraction and exchange information with enterprises, helping them tap cooperation potential between the two localities.
 
Could you tell us the main contents of the Tien Giang Socioeconomic Development Master Plan to 2020, with orientation to 2030? What specific solutions has Tien Giang province sought to carry out the master plan?
In late June 2013, the province announced the adjusted plan for socioeconomic development of Tien Giang province to 2020, with a vision to 2030 (which modified the overall planning for Tien Giang socioeconomic development). The plan has been submitted to the Prime Minister for approval. The core contents of the master plan are the formation of growth engines, key industrial zones in Southeast Tan Phuc and Go Cong areas, concentrated industrial and economic zones in the southern region; employment; and labour restructuring. The province will develop synchronous infrastructure systems, gradually modernise traffic systems in rural and urban zones, and modernise communications systems. It will also complete power and water supply networks and treat environmental pollution to meet necessary requirements for a regional economic hub. Tien Giang province will invest to create key products of every industry and field; form farming zones to supply materials for processing for domestic consumption and for export; upgrade and build new crop and livestock farming centres and high-tech agricultural forms to boost organic, safe and high-tech farming in the northern bank of the Tien River. The province has also accelerated the pace of urbanisation, the development of urban centres, urban peripheries and countryside residences to create a new population distribution.
 
To carry out the plan, Tien Giang province will concentrate on directing solutions, particularly those relating to improving the investment and business environment and attracting FDI capital. To fully implement and apply State mechanisms and policies in the way that most benefits investors, especially large-scale projects and prioritised fields, the province will strengthen coordination with central authorities to review projects and planning and cooperate with other localities in the Mekong Delta as well as the southern key economic zone for development.
 
To realise the goal of making Tien Giang a comprehensively developed province of the Mekong Delta by 2015, transport infrastructure plays an extremely important role. How has the province addressed this?
To develop infrastructure, the Tien Giang Provincial Party Committee issued Action Plan 19-CTr/TU on synchronised infrastructure system construction to 2020. Besides, the Provincial People's Committee collaborated with the Development Strategy Institute under the Ministry of Planning and Investment to adjust the overall Tien Giang socioeconomic development plan until 2020, with a vision to 2030; joined hands with the Vietnam Economics Institute to work out breakthroughs in Tien Giang Socioeconomic Development Strategy in the 2011 - 2020 period, with a vision to 2030, and outlined infrastructure development plans for three economic regions of the province.
 
Infrastructure construction is also an important content in rural development. In addition to centrally funded capital, the province also mobilised all available resources to build rural infrastructure systems in order to realise all objectives stated in the Resolution of the 9th Provincial Party Congress and the Action Plan of the Provincial People's Committee.