(HBO) – In 2019, joining efforts by the whole country, Hoa Binh province worked hard to overcome many difficulties and challenges to carry out political tasks effectively. The following are the 10 outstanding events and achievements of the province last year:


1. The province’s great unity bloc was fortified. The political system was streamlined in a lean, efficient and effective manner. Meanwhile, local authorities also stepped up the re-organisation of district- and communal-level administrative units, as well as the merger of hamlets and residential quarters. In 2019, Hoa Binh merged 221 hamlets and residential quarters, thus reducing the number of the entities by 110. Meanwhile, the National Assembly Standing Committee issued Resolution 830/NQ-UBTVQH14 on December 17, 2019 on the re-organisation of district- and communal-level administrative units in Hoa Binh. Implementing this resolution, the province cut 59 communes and one district.



2. The local economy posted many significant outcomes. Hoa Binh recorded an economic growth rate of some 9.05 percent. The industry-construction sector contributed 45.67 percent to the gross regional domestic product (GRDP), services 29.58 percent, agriculture-forestry-fisheries 19.8 percent, and tax on goods 4.95 percent. Exports brought home about 791.9 million USD while imports were estimated at 635 million USD, respectively rising 24.48 percent and 29.52 percent year on year. About 4 trillion VND (172.8 million USD) was collected to the State budget, 30 percent higher than the target set for the province by the Prime Minister.



3. The new-style rural area building proved fruitful. By the end of 2019, 88 percent of the 191 communes across the province or 46.07 percent of the total had finished building new-style rural areas, with 25 recognised in 2019. Last year, Hoa Binh city and Luong Son district also earned the recognition.



4. Investment promotion was strengthened, attracting many potential investors. Besides, Hoa Binh effectively implemented solutions to improve the business climate and address difficulties facing enterprises and investors. In 2019, it approved and granted investment registration certificates to 59 projects while revoking licenses of 42 others. About 400 new businesses were established with a combined registered capital of 8.5 trillion VND. During the year, the province successfully organised the Hoa Binh Citrus Tree Festival; the Agricultural and OCOP Products Fair of northern region; the week introducing Hoa Binh’s high-quality citrus fruits, agricultural and aquatic products at the Big C Thang Long supermarket in Hanoi; and the agricultural product and food week at the Saigon Co.op retail system in Hanoi.



5. Social security and welfare attracted attention. By the end of 2019, jobs had been created for about 16,700 labourers in Hoa Binh, 6.4 percent higher than the year’s target. They included 1,586 people gaining jobs through the National Employment Fund, equivalent to 101 percent of the year’s target; and 340 working abroad under fixed-term contracts, equivalent to 113 percent of the plan. The household poverty rate had been brought down by 3.1 percent from 2018 to some 11.64 percent.

 

 

6. Due attention was paid to socio-economic infrastructure. Urbanisation rate last year 2019 was estimated at 23.01 percent. Hoa Binh authorities showed effective transport management, giving priority to works of importance, namely the opening of Hoa Binh 3 Bridge, the construction of Hoa Binh 2 Bridge, and the completion of nine storeys of the internal medicine and anti-infection departments at the province’s general hospital.

 

7. Positive changes were recorded in cultural activities. The province successfully organised the 2019 Hoa Binh Culture-Tourism Week with a mixture of activities such as a beauty contest of the Muong Land and a cuisine festival comprising of traditional dishes. In the year, as many as 63 festivals were held, in connection with the conservation and development of ethnic groups’ cultural identity, historical-cultural sites and tourism in the province.

 

8. The sport sector also earned remarkable achievements. Hoa Binh was the host of the national youth mountain biking and national mountain biking championships and the national long-distance cycling tourney. For the first time, cycling coaches and athletes of the province joined the national sport delegation competing at the 30th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games 30), and Hoa Binh-born cyclist Dinh Thi Nhu Quynh brought home a gold medal in the women’s cross-country mountain biking.

 

9. Tourism development received due attention. The Hoa Binh smart tourism portal and a historical site in the school for southern ethnic minority cadres in Lac Thuy district were launched in the year. Local historical sites received investment in line with tourism development.

 

10. Incidents in the province were promptly handled, including the wastewater discharge by the Northeastern Hapaco company and the dumping of oil in Dam Bai lake area which caused water pollution at the Da River water company. The province also carried out inspections and supervisions and imposed disciplinary measures against Party members and civil servants for their violations in a bid to ensure transparency, parity, and accuracy./.



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