At the meeting (Photo: VGP)

During the meeting, Mua A Son, Chairman of the Dien Bien provincial People’s Committee, said in the first half of this year, the province’s production remained stable, especially in planting industrial trees such as coffee, rubber and tea.

Health, education and training, labor and employment continue to receive direction. In particular, due to the effective implementation of measures to prevent and control COVID-19, Dien Bien province is classified as a "low risk" province.

Meanwhile, security has been maintained and external relations have been strengthened with northern Lao localities, China’s Yunnan localities and Thai northeastern localities.

According to Secretary of the provincial Party Committee Bui Van Son, Dien Bien has potential in tourism development; however, the poor infrastructure in roads and aviation cannot connect quickly with Hanoi and other localities. “The current solution is to upgrade the Dien Bien Airport with the viewpoint that investing in the northwestern region means investing for development, not for poverty reduction,” he said.

He also suggested that the central level should support investment in border infrastructure for boosting economic and trade development, and in climate change prevention, medical equipment and urban development.

Praising the province’s efforts in ensuring security and safety, boosting socio-economic development amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh said that synchronous investment should be poured into the province, especially in infrastructure, to release its potential, not only in tourism but also in natural resources, land and convenient position for boosting trade exchanges with foreign localities.

He also urged the province to continue to work for realizing social welfare to contribute to ensuring political stability and social order./.

Compiled by BTA