National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan is speaking (Source: VNA)

During a working session with the municipal authorities, Ngan urged the city to continue conducting social welfare policies for people with disabilities, veterans, poor households, and former revolutionaries; as well as focus on the fields of science-technology, healthcare, education, and training, national defence-security, and social safety and order.

Hai Phong’s room for development remains huge, she said, adding that the city needs to closely follow resolutions issued by the Party Central Committee, the National Assembly and the Government to develop itself along lines that match up to its existing and potential advantages.

Regarding the city authorities’ suggestion to build a high-speed railway connecting Hanoi and Lao Cai directly with the Hai Phong international port, Ngan said it should follow the master plan for the north-south railway.

The city should pay attention to party-building in non-state enterprises, cooperatives, and non-public administrative units as a way of continuing to realise the resolution adopted by the fourth plenum of the 12th National Party Congress, said Ngan. Resolution No.18-NQ/TW on renewing and streamlining political apparatus looks to strengthen party-building and rectification; prevent and drive back degradations in political thought, moral virtues, and lifestyle; and monitor the behaviour of ‘self-evolution’ and ‘self-transformation’ in internal affairs.

Secretary of the municipal Party Committee and Chairman of the municipal People’s Council Le Van Thanh said after two and a half years of implementing the resolution adopted by the 12th National Party Congress and that by the municipal Party Committee’s 15th Congress, Hai Phong has achieved comprehensive progress.

Public investment has proved effective and socio-economic infrastructure has been upgraded, while the State budget collection has grown. Improving the business climate has turned Hai Phong into one of the localities most attractive to domestic and foreign investors.

Since 2016, the total foreign direct investment in the city topped USD5 billion, including USD3 billion in 2016, nearly USD1 billion in 2017 and over USD1.25 billion in the first half of this year.

The rate of poor households under multidimensional standards has been brought down to 2.06 percent and is to be reduced to 1.41 percent this year.

The municipal Party Committee suggested that the top legislator back the Politburo’s issuance of a new resolution on building and developing Hai Phong city between now and 2030 with orientations toward 2045.

In the afternoon of the same day, the NA Chairwoman offered incense at Bach Dang Giang relic site in Thuy Nguyen district.

Earlier in the morning, she attended a ceremony to inaugurate Vingroup’s Vinmec Hai Phong international general hospital, the seventh of its kind in the Vinmec healthcare system.

She also visited VinGroup’s VinFast electric motorbikes and automobiles manufacturing plant in Dinh Vu-Cat Hai industrial park./.

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