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Tuesday, June 6, 2023

MPI releases 2021's sustainable development index, Da Nang tops the chart

Updated: 09:00’ - 23/12/2022
The Academy of Policy and Development (APD), under the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) released the 2021 Provincial Sustainable Development Index (PSDI) for cities and provinces across the country on December 22, as well as a number of recommendations to help them stay on-course in the coming years.

A newly-developed urban centre in the central city of Da Nang. The coastal town continued to top the country's PSDI this year__Photo: VNA
The country's average PSDI for the year 2021 was 51.38 points, a reflection of a difficult year when localities struggled to deal with a global pandemic and post-pandemic social and economic recovery.
The academy urged local governments to step up efforts in the implementation of the country's 2030 vision for sustainable development.
The central city of Da Nang continued to top the index this time with 65.28 points, followed by northern port city Hai Phong with 64.09 and Quang Ninh, another northern coastal town, with 63.10 points.
The capital city Hanoi with 62.46 and emerging northern industrial hub Hung Yen Province with 62.43 points showed some remarkable improvement compared to the 2020's index.
The vast majority of bottom-ranking localities were located in remote and isolated regions of the country, which trailed far behind in development in comparison to the country's large urban centers in the Red River Delta and the Mekong Delta.
Ha Nam Province and Binh Duong Province were other up-and-comers this year thanks to multiple large industrial investments.
At an event announcing the 2021 index, policymakers, economists and scientists discussed measures to help the country stay on course with its sustainable development goals (SDGs), as well as to review the implementation of SDGs on both central and local government levels.
A total of 17 SDGs have been included in a National Action Plan until 2030 which translated into 115 objectives that are suitable to Vietnam's historic, geographic and demographic conditions.
Development experts said the implementation of the SDGs has played a key part in setting up the foundation for the country's next phase of development.
Dr Tran Trong Nguyen, APD's director, however, said there is a need to build a more detailed plan for SDGs implementation at the local government level, which integrates SDGs into local socio-economic long-term development strategy.
An important milestone has been reached in the country's effort to eliminate multidimensional poverty, from 9.2 per cent in 2016 to 3.36 per cent in 2022.
''Some of our key objectives are to eliminate hunger, ensure food security, bolster exports, especially of agroforestry products and develop a sustainable agriculture sector," said economist Le Viet Anh.- (VNS/VLLF)

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