President Makes Working Visit to Phú Quý Island District

President Võ Văn Thưởng recently paid a visit to a small fishing community, presenting gifts and more than 1,000 national flags to the local fishermen.

President Võ Văn Thưởng with officials, officers and people of Phú Quý island.
President Võ Văn Thưởng with officials, officers and people of Phú Quý island.

President Võ Văn Thưởng participated in a flag-saluting ceremony on June 17 at a sovereignty flag pole located on Phú Quý Island. Phú Quý Island is an island district situated in the south central province of Bình Thuận.

The pole is one of the sovereignty flag poles that have been constructed on outpost islands spanning from the North to the South. These projects were initiated by the Central Committee of the Hồ Chí Minh Communist Youth Union, the Association of Vietnamese Students, and the Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam (BIDV).

Later, President Thưởng ceremoniously planted a bàng vuông (cubic-fruit Malabar Almond) tree as a symbol of the nation’s strong spirit, vitality, and unwavering love for the Fatherland, its seas, and islands.

Also in Phú Quý Island district, the President made a visit and distributed gifts including over 1,000 national flags to the local fishermen.

He also generously gave gifts to the officers and soldiers of Radar Station 55, a part of Battalion 292 and Division 337 of the Air Defence – Air Force, who are stationed on the beautiful Phú Quý Island.

Talking with the Party organization, administration, officers, soldiers, and people of Phú Quý island district, the State leader praised their efforts in building Phú Quý into the first new-style rural district in Bình Thuận. It is also the second island district in the country to achieve this status.

The President emphasized the importance of clearly defining the mission of ensuring defense and security, and firmly safeguarding Phú Quý Island. This should be a top priority for the Party organization, officers, soldiers, and people of the island district, in addition to promoting economic development.

Phú Quý must effectively implement the task of being a major transhipment point for Trường Sa (Spratlys) and DK1 Platform, as well as serving offshore fishing vessels, he said.

Apart from accelerating the integration of science and technology in fishing, seafood preservation, and processing, Phú Quý Island should also prioritize the growth of tourism as a leading industry. This involves offering a wide range of high-quality tourism products and services that truly showcase the unique local identity, according to the official.