Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc speaks at the working session with Dien Bien province's key leaders (Source: VNA)
Dien Bien (VNA) – The northwestern province of Dien Bien should have breakthroughs in developing tourism thanks to its potential such as ecological system, geography, culture and history, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has told local authorities.

The province also needs to pay due attention to investment, promotion and development of its tourism brand name based on the rich traditional culture of local ethnic minority groups, the PM said during his working session with local officials in Dien Bien on October 1.

Besides, he asked the province to focus on boosting agriculture and forestry development and pay heed to improving the locals’ intellectual level along with reducing poverty, especially through training programmes.

He recommended Dien Bien to expand and upgrade its system of schools and training institutions, facilitating those from ethnic minority groups to further access education and training. He said the province needs to consider the work an important measure to escape from poverty and boost local social-economic development.

Dien Bien was suggested completing its planning for functional areas in its economic development structure in industry and agriculture, along with tapping advantages from forests and climate to step up planting and breeding.

During the meeting, he noted the province to ensure security political security and social order as well as to develop the border gate economy, market promotion and fight smuggling and trade fraud.

The PM said he hopes Dien continue maintaining and promoting friendship with neighouring countries.

Dien Bien is one of the most difficult localities in the northwest region with the poor household rate of over 48 percent.

The province has exerted every effort to overcome difficulties to obtain encouraging outcomes in socio-economic development and poverty reduction.

The Gross Regional Domestic Products (GRDP) in the first nine months of this year grew 7 percent from the same period last year. Total local state budget collection in the reviewed period was 4.9 trillion VND, or 74.55 percent of the estimates set by the provincial People’s Council.-VNA