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02/05/2020 - 19:45

Long An today

It has been 45 years since the Great Victory in Spring 1975, along with the whole country, Long An tried to heal the wounds of war, rebuilt the homeland and continued the nation's heroic history.

A corner of Tan An city today

A corner of Tan An city today

Restoring production

During the war, Long An was severely damaged, the land was deserted, especially in Dong Thap Muoi area of the province, it was very difficult for production. According to the former Secretary of the Moc Hoa District Party Committee - Nguyen Van Tan, this area was previously very sparsely populated! Only one rice crop is produced per year but productivity is low. Thanks to the policy of mobilizing and relocating the population, bringing labor from other places to explore, the alum soil becomes rich and immense fields, a granary of the province and the region.

Dong Thap Muoi region of the province is the granary of the province and the region

Dong Thap Muoi region of the province is the granary of the province and the region

Besides implementing the program for cultivating the Dong Thap Muoi region, a prominent mark of the province in the early years after the liberation was to make a breakthrough in circulation distribution. Accordingly, Long An is the first locality in the country to successfully abolish the mechanism of centralized bureaucracy, subsidy, overcoming the situation of many prices, contributing to stabilizing the market, encouraging production development. With the renovation of management mechanism, the province's economy has developed rapidly, achieved many important achievements and highly appreciated by the Central Government.

Not only a strong breakthrough in agricultural production, the province's industry, trade and services also prospered. If in the 2000s, the province's economy was still pure agriculture, the industry was just beginning to develop on a small scale, but now it is one of the provinces and cities with fairly good industrial growth in the region. The average economic growth rate in the period 2016-2020 is estimated at about 9.62 percent per year; The economic structure of the three regions I, II and III in 2020 will be 14.5 percent, 52 percent  and 33.5 percent  respectively.

Long Hau industrial park

Long Hau industrial park

Trade promotion and market development are concerned. More and more large-scale and advanced technology enterprises are investing in Long An. In 2019, the province received 109 FDI projects with a registered capital of over 320 million USD. Export turnover maintained a relatively high growth rate of about 14.5 percent per year, with nearly 26 billion USD in period 2016-2020. The market is constantly expanding, goods of the province export to markets with high requirements. Import activities have diversified markets, increasing imports of goods for production and export.

In order to promote economic developmentthe province has mobilized all resources to build infrastructure systems in recent years, especially transportation, serving the industrial development of key economic regions (Duc Hoa, Ben Luc, Can Giuoc and Can Duoc). Thanks to the right guidelines and creative decisions, Long An today develops comprehensively in many fields. The socio-economic picture is colored with bright colors. The potential and advantages of each locality are exploited effectively, contributing to bringing the province to develop quickly and sustainably.

Provincial Road 830 runs through Ben Luc district

Provincial Road 830 runs through Ben Luc district

Striving to break out

In recent years, the administrative reform is considered as one of the "bright spots", showing the fierceness and breakthrough of the province. The investment environment continues to improve, the provincial competitiveness index (PCI) is always quite high, especially in 2018, Long An is ranked 3rd in the country. The budget revenue in 2019 rose to an impressive figure of over 18,300 billion VND, an increase of more than 20 percent over the same period, bringing Long An to become the leading province in the Mekong Delta provinces and cities in terms of budget revenue.

The administrative reform is considered as one of the

The administrative reform is considered as one of the "bright spots", showing the determination and breakthrough of the province (Photo: Public Administration Center of Can Duoc district)

In the 2015-2020 term, the whole province has 10 towns recognized as grade-V urban and Tan An city is recognized as grade-II city. At the same time, the province has planned many multifunctional urban areas in North Ben Luc, South Ben Luc, Duc Hoa, East Can Giuoc, North Thu Thua, along the driving force connecting Tien Giang - Long An - Ho Chi Minh City. The new rural construction investment program has achieved many positive results, contributing to a positive change in the appearance of the countryside, improving the lives and incomes of the people.

According to the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, the whole province now has 80 communes meeting the new rural standard, accounting for 49.6 percent of the total number of communes in the province, including 2 newly enhanced rural communes (Phuoc Hau commune, Can district). Giuoc and Hoa Phu commune, Chau Thanh district). Chau Thanh district was recognized by the Prime Minister as a new-style rural district in Decision No. 256/QD-TTg dated February 14, 2020. Tan An city has also completed the task of building a new-style countryside. People's living standards improved markedly when the average income per capita reached 72.67 million VND per year, poor households reduced to only 1.52 percent.

The countryside has become increasingly spacious from the new-style rural construction program (Photo: Roads in Thuy Dong commune, Thanh Hoa district)

The countryside has become increasingly spacious from the new-style rural construction program (Photo: Roads in Thuy Dong commune, Thanh Hoa district)

The field of culture and society has made a lot of progress, social security is guaranteed. Activities of the health system from province to grassroots level were strengthened, completed and enhanced capacity and efficiency. School facilities and equipment have been strengthened to invest, the proportion of schools meeting national standards according to new criteria has reached 50.5 percent. Educational level in remote and border areas has been raised. Pupils and students of policy families, with extremely difficult circumstances, poor and near-poor households are supported, facilitating learning.

Spending his whole life in the locality, Mr. Huynh Van Minh (living in Hamlet 6, Tan Buu Commune, Ben Luc District) was delighted to witness the change of his homeland. He said: “Before, electricity, roads, schools and medical stations were missing or degraded. The life of the people is hard not to mention everything. However, thanks to the attention of the Party and the authorities, up to now, Tan Buu has basically achieved 19 out of 19 new-style rural criteria, the rural appearance as well as the people's life have been raised”.

From the achievements of 45 years of building and renewing, we can absolutely believe that Long An will continue to make a strong breakthrough with the spirit of solidarity and efforts of the whole Party, the entire people and the whole army. Moreover, the province will develop quickly and sustainably in the coming time./.

By Hoang Tra – Translated by Duc Tam

Sourcehttp://baolongan.vn/long-an-hom-nay-a94492.html

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