Delegates of Asian supreme audit institutions visit Ha Long bay (Source: VNA)

Quang Ninh (VNA) – Officials from the People’s Committee of the northern coastal province of Quang Ninh on September 21 received a delegation of participants that attended the ongoing 14th Assembly of the Asian Organisation of Supreme Audit Institutions (ASOSAI) in Vietnam.

Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Long warmly greeted delegates, and introduced them to the locality’s economic potential, abundant mineral resources, and beautiful landscapes, including the world-famous Ha Long Bay.

He said ASOSAI 14 is an important political and diplomatic event which consolidates the vision of Asian supreme audit institutions, adding Quang Ninh has always attached importance to applying both domestic and international accounting systems and auditing standards with the aim of building a healthy financial sector and ensuring sustainable development.

ASOSAI Secretary General Choe Jae-hyeong, who is also Chairman of the Republic of Korea’s Board of Audit and Inspection, expressed his appreciation for the warm welcome from local officials, saying that from the moment they arrived in Quang Ninh, the delegation had felt the sincerity and hospitality of Vietnamese friends.

Quang Ninh is located 130km northeast of Hanoi. It is described as the most important and vibrant trade gateway for Vietnam with China and other ASEAN member nations. The locality is identified for it growth momentum in the north.

The province has a coastline of more than 250km and over 2,000 islets, which is two-thirds of all islets across the country. The spectacular stretch of coast connects Ha Long Bay with the majestic natural scenery of Bai Tu Long Bay, Van Don and Co To islands, and Tra Co beach with Cat Ba National Park in the northern port city of Hai Phong.

Ha Long Bay, literally “Descending Dragon Bay”, is a must-see destination in Quang Ninh. It has twice been recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site and named one of the seven new natural wonders of the world.

The bay spans 1,553sq.km and includes 1,969 islands of various sizes. The geodiversity of the environment, featuring thousands of limestone karsts and islets, has created biodiversity in the bay, including a tropical evergreen biosystem, oceanic, and sea biosystem. Ha Long Bay is home to 14 endemic floral species and 60 endemic faunal species.

Last year, Quang Ninh welcomed a total of 9.87 million tourists, including 4.28 million foreigners. 

It aims to attract over 12 million visitors this year, including 5 million foreigners. –VNA