DA NANG (VNS) — President Truong Tan Sang has asked the central city to boost the maritime economy and tourism as key industries for the future.
Speaking during a visit to the city yesterday, the President said it should also raise funds to support deep-sea fishermen and create a powerful fleet of fishing vessels.
He suggested the city apply flexible mechanisms and policies on how to raise funds to build a large fleet of high-capacity trawlers.
He said this would improve fishing and help the nation with its security and defence.
"Da Nang had 9.13 per cent GDP growth in the first six months this year," Sang said. "The city should accelerate its macro economy, creating more resources for security and defence in the sea and islands of Hoang Sa (Paracels).
"The city has to develop its economy faster, while the struggle continues to get China to withdraw its oil rig from the Paracel archipelago," he told the city's administration.
"All ministries, agencies and departments must accumulate funds to build more high-capacity fishing trawlers for deep-sea fishing, thus strengthening the country's protection of sea and islands," he said.
He also suggested the city call for contributions from businesses and organisations to start a fund for fishermen, apart from the Government's own fund.
The President requested the city to open more new air routes to attract tourists and suggested it select green industry because of its compatibility with tourism and the environment.
City Chairman Van Huu Chien said so far this year the city had hosted 1.78 million tourists, of whom 450,000 were foreign.
"The city has developed a fleet of nearly 1,300 fishing trawlers with 360 deep-sea vessels. The fishery industry produce 40,000 tonnes of seafood and earned US$120 million from seafood export a year," Chien said.
"The city has supported a fund of VND11 billion ($523,000) to help fishermen build 12 high-capacity vessels for deep-sea fishing over past two years," he said.
The chairman also said Da Nang subsidised the education of fishermen and provided insurance fees for 8,000. It also assisted with fuel costs in 2012-14.