A corner of Dong Van Karst Plateau Geopark (Source: VNA) 
 
Ha Giang (VNA) – The northern mountainous province of Ha Giang and the Philippine province of Benguet signed an agreement on cooperation in culture-sports, tourism, agriculture and investment following a workshop held in the former locality on November 10. 

Under the terms of the agreement, the two provinces will regularly maintain visits and share experience in sustainable tourism development. They will also facilitate export of agro-forestry products, workforce training and trade promotion via fairs and exhibitions.

Speaking at the event, Chairwoman of the Legislative Council and Vice Governor of Benguet province Florence B.Tingbaoen said Benguet is a highland located 1,500m above the sea water level with mild climate, mostly relying on agriculture, mining, energy and tourism.

She said after touring Dong Van Karst Plateau Geopark, the delegation found out similarities between the two localities so that both sides will partner in tourism, agriculture and education.

Vice Chairwoman of the provincial Ha Giang People’s Committee Ha Thi Minh Hanh said Ha Giang is home to abundant and diversified medicinal herbs and is working to become a key medicinal herb area by 2020.

With cultural diversity and imposing scenery, the Dong Van Karst Plateau Geopark has been recognised by the UNESCO as the first one of its kind in Vietnam.

The province’s export-import value hit 1.38 billion USD last year and is forecast to reach 2.7 billion USD this year.

Hanh vowed all possible support to the implementation of the freshly-signed agreement.-VNA