The northern border province of Cao Bang should pay more attention to developing border trade by enhancing economic cooperation with China’s Guangxi province.

Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh, who also heads the Vietnam-China Steering Committee on Bilateral Cooperation, made the remark during his working session with local officials on April 21.

He was briefed on the locality’s socio-economic development situation, especially its affiliation with China ’s border localities.

Cao Bang and Guangxi have cooperated effectively in recent time, especially in tourism, import-export, agriculture, forestry, human resources development, border management and crime prevention.

Cao Bang has invested almost 1 trillion VND (47 million USD) in developing border economic zones, which generated an import-export turnover of 502 million USD in 2013.

In order to optimise its potential for further border economic development, Cao Bang proposed the Government upgrading several transport routes going through the locality and financial supporting the building of infrastructure facilities in border economic zones and tourism sites.

Deputy PM Minh acknowledged the locality’s efforts in promoting economic partnership with the Chinese locality. He assigned relevant ministries and sectors to consider investment sources for the locality’s proposed plans.-VNA