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PM urges Ha Nam to use hi-tech agriculture
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has urged the northern province of Ha Nam to promote hi-tech agriculture and accelerate the building of new-style rural areas.
At a meeting with Ha Nam’s key leaders on Saturday, the Government leader commended the province for recording one of the highest growth rates among localities in the Red River Delta and for effective investment attraction.
Ha Nam should optimise its geographical location as a gateway to the capital city to spur its development, he said, asking the provincial leaders to pay more heed to local planning.
The PM reminded the province that sustainable development should be paired with environmental protection, suggesting Ha Nam increase its investments in tourism services to conserve the ecological system.
For their part, the provincial leaders proposed the Government and the PM create mechanisms to help universities and central-level hospitals in Hanoi relocate to or build branches in Ha Nam.
They asked the Government to support Ha Nam in attracting projects in processing, manufacturing and high-tech and create optimal conditions for the locality to access financial resources of the State budget, Government bonds and ODA loans.
Earlier, PM Phúc visited a 20ha farm run by An Phú Hưng Company, one of the typical high-tech farming models in Hà Nam that produces organic vegetables using Japanese technologies.
He also toured construction sites of branches of the Bạch Mai Hospital and the Viet Duc Friendship Hospital, which have been built to ease overloading at their existing facilities in the capital city.
The leaders suggested Ha Nam encourage private investment in the satellite hospitals and service supply to big hospitals in the province.
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Indonesia to launch 13th economic package this month
Coordinating Economic Minister Darmin Nasution said on Wednesday that the government would release its 13th economic policy package in August, adding that the draft had been completed.
Darmin said the 13th package was largely an extension of the previous one, but would expand its focus beyond industry. The 12th package focused on small and medium enterprises.
"We are just waiting to schedule a meeting with the president," Darmin told reporters at his office. He refused to give the exact date the new policy package would come into effect.
The ministry team must meet with President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo one more time to finalize the details, Darmin said.