The northern province of Ha Giang on October 2 held a conference to review one year of the implementation of its 2012-2015 cooperation programme with Wenshan county of China’s Yunnan province.

Permanent Vice Chairman of the Ha Giang provincial People’s Committee Nguyen Van Son said the cooperation programme has gained many encouraging results which create mutual trust, and foster the practical and effective cooperation between the two localities in all fields.

To deepen their cooperation, in the time to come, the two sides will focus on exchanging information to help each other achieve their socio-economic development goals, strengthening the connectivity and cooperation in trade and investment promotion.

Ha Giang will call for more investment and give priority to upgrading the infrastructure of the Thanh Thuy national border gate economic zone in Vi Xuyen district and the two provinces’ main and auxiliary border gate pairs.

Over the past one year, the two sides have also put forth many effective measures to boost their trade ties. Their two-way trade reached 352 million USD in 2012, a year-on-year increase of 23 percent. The figure surpassed 350 million USD in the first nine months of this year and is expected to reach 400 million USD in 2013.-VNA