At the conference to promote trade, investment and tourism in Dien Bien province. (Photo: dienbien.gov.vn)

Dien Bien (VNA) – Experts gathered at a recent conference in the northwestern mountainous province of Dien Bien, discussing measures to promote local trade, investment and tourism.

According to Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Le Van Quy, besides huge potential to develop a wide range of tourism products, the province boasts strengths to branch out hydropower plants on three main rivers of Da, Ma and Me Kong.

Housing Muong Thanh airport and two border gates on the Vietnam-Laos border line, Dien Bien province has great opportunities to bolster international trade towards turning itself into a transit hub in the north, which helps connect Vietnam’s northwestern region with northern Laos, southwestern China, and northeastern Myanmar.

Quy also pointed out that Dien Bien’s poor infrastructure and tourism products have failed to boost local trade and tourism to match its potential.

Experts suggested the locality invest heavily in building transport infrastructure in border areas and encourage construction of logistic facilities and market stalls, saying that they are important to enhance trade with Lao border localities as well as countries in the East-West Economic Corridor.

The province should zone off agricultural areas and select suitable local staples to develop brand names, satisfying demands of border market, they said, adding that the communication work on border trade development policies must enjoy due attention while linkages with foreign localities sharing the borderline should receive top priority.

Regarding tourism, Deputy Director General of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism Nguyen Thi Thanh Huong stressed that Dien Bien province has not tapped its potential to the fullest.

Quality accommodations and unique local tourism products are the top solutions, the official said, adding that along with tourism popularisation, the focus should be placed on human resources training.-VNA