Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung hailed a number of outstanding residents, war invalids and martyrs’ families of the northwestern region for their contributions to socio-economic development, culture, security and defence, and Party and Government building during a reception for regional representatives in Hanoi on November 5.

The northwestern region, with a population of over 10 million, predominantly ethnic minority groups, has made a number of achievements in all areas, he noted.

Over the past ten years, the regional economy has grown rapidly, with per capita income rising, the economic structure changing, and socio-economic infrastructure improving, he noted.

Meanwhile, cultural services and social welfare programmes for residents have also improved, while security and defence is maintained, contributing to a borderline of peace, friendship, cooperation and development, he said.

However, he also noted that the poverty ratio in the region was still high, highlighting the need to boost the region’s efforts for sustainable socio-economic development, culture, and security and defence, as well as stronger regional solidarity.

He also urged the National Steering Committee for the Northwestern Region to pay greater attention to support policies for the region’s socio-economic development and the creation of a shared border of peace and stability with its neighbours.-VNA