The outpost island of Mat off the coast of central Nghe An province will be home to a 22.6m flagpole serving as the country’s marine sovereignty marker as the construction of this facility was started on February 1.

The pole will have the main side carrying the pole’s coordinates and looking towards the sea. It will be hung with the national flag measuring 4x6m.

The construction costs 1.25 billion VND (over 59,500 USD) and is carried out by the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union Central Committee (HCYUCC) and the Civil Engineering Construction Corporation No.4.

It is scheduled to be completed on the occasion of the 84th anniversary of the establishment of the Youth Union in March.

Mat Island is 24km off the mainland and has an area of 2.2 square kilometres. It holds a great importance in economic development, defence and security of Nghe An as well as Vietnam’s northern central region.

Besides this flagpole, other fours will be built on the outpost islands of Son Duong (Ha Tinh province), Hon Me (Thanh Hoa province), Cu Lao Cham (Quang Nam province), and Son Cha (Thua Thien-Hue province).

The move is expected to help affirm Vietnam’s sea and island sovereignty and improve the public’s awareness of the issue.-VNA