The central province of Quang Binh should consider
tourism-services, high-tech agriculture and processing industry as driving
forces for growth.
Speaking at the investment promotion conference themed co-operation and
sustainable development held in the province on Monday, Prime Minister Nguyen
Xuan Phuc said the province would achieve new development thank to its
advantages, along with innovative thinking.
PM Phuc said Quang Binh was considered a “blue diamond” of Asia which should be
“Quang Binh Province therefore should have standard planning of its economic
sector in order to serve the economy, create connections for common
development,” he said, adding the Government would always support the province’s
Addressing the conference, which attracted more than 700 foreign and domestic
firms and investors, the PM said he was impressed by the 71 per cent increase in
the number of tourist arrivals in Quang Binh last year and the 110 per cent
increase in foreign arrivals.
The PM asked the Transport Ministry to study a plan to upgrade Dong Hoi Airport
into an international one that allows foreigners to enter and leave the country
The leader said Quang Binh tourism, famous for its caves, along with natural and
cultural diversity in Hạ Long, Sa Pa, Hue ancient capital city, Quang Nam and
the Mekong Delta, will help Viet Nam become a tourism magnet beyond ASEAN.
He suggested the province further develop its tourism services while preserving
and upholding cultural and natural values, working closely with other localities
to move Viet Nam’s tourism forward.
The PM also lauded Quang Binh, together with Ha Tinh and Quang Tri provinces, as
examples of overcoming difficulties following the marine environment incident of
To achieve development goals, the PM urged Quang Binh to not only perform well
in State management but also listen to public feedback and continue improving
its business environment.
Provincial authorities need to acquire feedback, especially regarding
preservation of heritage values, and choose qualified investors to help Quang
Binh shine in the world’s tourism map.
The PM requested each business commitment in the province go along with drastic
and prompt actions. Hailing Quang Binh’s important location in both national and
international aspects, he said the province should not neglect its strength in
forestry development and high-tech agriculture.
The PM added that the province also holds advantages in developing renewable
energy, with about 1,800 hours of sunlight each year and average wind speed of
5.5 – 6m per second. At the same time, the Government leader reminded the
province to pay more attention to poverty reduction, especially among ethnic
More than US$7.34 billion committed
The province awarded investment licences and co-operation deals for 66 projects
worth nearly VNĐ169 trillion (more than US$7.34 billion) at the conference.
It also handed over a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on co-operation in
building Quang Binh’s e-government for the Viet Nam Posts and Telecommunications
Group and the Viet Nam Military Industry and Telecoms Group.
The Ministry of Information and Communications also granted a MoU on
co-operation in developing Quang Binh’s e-government to a representative from
This year, the province is prioritising projects in tourism - services,
high-tech, renewable energy and green agriculture.
It has partnered with McKinsey and Company Ltd, a leading US consultant firm, to
build a master plan on provincial socio-economic development.
“This has been considered the biggest event in Quang Binh so far the year which
was expected to create an investment wave into the locality,” said Nguyen Huu
Hoai, chairman of the provincial People’s Committee.
Hoai added that Quang Binh has a strategic location in the East-West Economic
Corridor as well as the eastern gateway to the sea of central Laos, northeastern
Thailand and Myanmar.
The province also boasts a favourable transport system of road, railway,
International Dong Hoi Airport and Hon La Seaport..