Dong Nai strives for on-schedule launch of Long Thanh airport project

Long Thanh International Airport project is expected to be kicked off in 2019 (Source: VNA)
Dong Nai (VNA) – The southern province of Dong Nai will continue to review and
make necessary preparations to ensure rapid and efficient compensation and resettlement
so that the Long Thanh International Airport project could be kicked off in
2019, said a local official.

Dinh Quoc
Thai, Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee, made the statement at the
closing ceremony of the fourth meeting of the ninth provincial People’s
Council, adding that the first phase of the project is scheduled to become
operational in 2025.

Reviewing Dong Nai’s economic situation in the
first half of this year, Thai said the province’s GDP grew by 7.26 percent
year-on-year with industrial production index up 7.82 percent while trade and
services up 6.23 percent, respectively. 

Despite impacts of unusual weather, which caused
losses for tens of thousands of areas of fruits, as well as the oversupply of
some agricultural products such as pork, banana and pepper, the local farming
sector still expanded by 2.45 percent, he said. 

The province’s export turnover hit nearly 8.1
billion USD, up 11.2 percent against the same period last year while its import
revenue was 7.5 billion USD, Thai said. 

Of note, he said, Dong Nai’s trade surplus stood
at nearly 600 million USD, a record high in recent years, and its contributions
to the State budget was over  22.26 trillion
VND (980 million USD), representing a year-on-year rise of 12 percent. 

According to Thai, in order to maintain the
economic growth rate, the province will focus on facilitating production and
business activities, promoting cultural and tourism development, improving the
quality of education, ensuring social welfare,  managing natural resources
and the environment, intensifying administrative reform and enhancing national
defence and security. 

During the meeting, the provincial People’s
Council passed 28 resolutions on socio-economic development, national
defence-security and issues regarding social welfare and environmental

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