Bac Giang told to attract FDI to agriculture sector

BAC GIANG (VNS) — The northern province of Bac Giang should try and attract foreign direct investment into developing agriculture, President Truong Tan Sang said yesterday.

Sang visited the locality yesterday to examine its socio-economic development and defence security, including the combat readiness of army corps No 2 stationed in the province.

Although the province had good land for agriculture, it should use scientific and technological advances to create new farming techniques, he said.

The President asked authorities to also use hi-tech industries to generate higher added value for industrial products.

He suggested local departments and branches provide vocational training for rural labourers to create a firm foundation for industrial development.

According to the provincial People's Committee, the province has an annual industrial production growth of 30 per cent, attracted 247 projects with a total registered capital of VND10 trillion (US$476.1 million), and achieved a GDP per capita of $1,250.

However, about 9 per cent of families were living under the poverty line, a drop of 10 per cent from 2010.

Local authorities proposed the Government help Bac Giang become a key province in tourism and support enterprises investing in the locality.

Earlier, President Sang visited army corps No 2, the first mobile regular unit of the Viet Nam People's Army in the southern battlefield during the American war.

The unit participated in many campaigns and made outstanding exploits, deserving the trust of the Party, the State and people.

Later, he visited Wintek, a Taiwanese-owned company that employs 7,000 local people. The company, specialising in making mobile-phone screens, plans to increase its registered capital to $1.1 billion.


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