Prime Minister chaired the Conference on the development of the Key Northern Economic Region

On June 25, in Hung Yen, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and the Deputy Prime Ministers chaired the Conference on the development of the Key Northern Economic Region, the latest event in a series of inter-regional conferences.

The Prime Minister and delegates visited the display area of ​​typical products of the Northern region. Photo of VGP / Quang Hieu

The regional linkage is still weak in the country. Therefore the Prime Minister has chaired a series of conferences, which aims at removing this "congestion point" such as the conference of the development of the Key Southern Economic Region one month and a half ago, the conference of the Council of the Key Central Economic Region more than 4 months ago as well as the conferences on the sustainable development of the Mekong Delta to adapt to climate change, the one on the tourism development in the Central-Highlands region, the one on the free migrants in the Highlands...

The Prime Minister pointed out that the regional development perspective is the organic development, linking provinces and cities in the region into a unified system, not subjective and imposed, or the addition of the development of provinces and cities in the region. It is necessary to make a mechanism strong enough, not constraint, or divided by administrative boundaries to coordinate the operation of the region.

Photo of VGP / Quang Hieu

With 7 provinces and cities, including Hanoi Capital, the northern key economic region accounts for nearly 32% of the country's GDP and per capita income reaches USD 4,813 in 2018, 1.86 times higher than the average of the country, ranking the second after the southern key economic region.

In recent years, this economic region with a population of over 16 million people has performed many important inter-regional projects and works, which is an indispensable direction to exploit the strengths of each locality and create good conditions and foundation for faster development.

Photo of VGP / Quang Hieu

However, according to the Ministry of Planning and Investment, there are no mechanisms and policies to link provinces in the region and the region to other ones to cooperate in economic development and solving inter-provincial and inter-regional problems. The linkage among provinces in the region is only taking advantage of available, short-term and seasonal advantages.

Therefore, in addition to handling the regional linkage, the conference would discuss and evaluate the region's socio-economic situation; the issues of investment environment, business and urban infrastructure, transport, logistics development, high-quality human resources, promoting the science, technology and innovation and creation, improving tourism services... in the region.

Photo of VGP / Quang Hieu

Delegates would focus on discussing the solutions to make this region become one of the leading regions of the country in economic development, pioneering in implementing strategic breakthroughs, economic restructuring, innovation in growth model, as in the targets of the Prime Minister's Decision 198 / QD-TTg.

The Prime Minister delivered a speech at the Conference. Photo of VGP / Quang Hieu

There are currently 4 key economic regions, namely, the Northern, Central, Southern and Mekong Delta key economic regions, with 24 provinces and cities, accounting for 27.3% of natural area and 27% of the country's population, contributing 89% to the country's GDP.