At the sixth session of the ninth provincial People’s Council that opened on July 4, Vinh noted the expansion of 8.2% in industry and construction, 7.5% in the services sector, and 3.1% in the agro-forestry-fishery sector.
Many other key economic figures in Dong Nai also enjoyed impressive growths in the reviewed period, he said, elaborating that exports increased 12.6% year-on-year to US$9 billion, resulting in over US$1 billion in trade surplus.
The province attracted US$950 million in foreign direct investment, equivalent to 95% of this year’s target. Meanwhile, investment from Vietnamese businesses approximated VND6.9 trillion (US$299.8 million), or 76.6% of the target for 2018.
Around VND23.5 trillion (US$1 billion) was collected for the State budget, up 12%. Agricultural production value also rose 3.1% from the same period last year to over VND17.9 trillion (US$777.7 million).
Vinh said despite the progress in the local socio-economic situation, there remain many difficulties and challenges. He pointed out the lax management of construction activities in some localities, slow disbursement of capital from the budget, and obstacles to the implementation of investment procedures for projects.
To maintain high and stable growth towards the year’s end, Dong Nai must work harder to improve the local business climate, effectively enforce the Law on Support for Small- and Medium-sized Enterprises, support investments in agriculture and rural areas, and step up trade promotion activities, he added.
Dong Nai is part of Vietnam’s southern key economic region, which also includes Ho Chi Minh City and the provinces of Tay Ninh, Binh Phuoc, Binh Duong, Ba Ria-Vung Tau, Long An, and Tien Giang.