Terraced fields in Ha Giang (Source: VNA)

Ha Giang (VNA) – The northern mountainous province of Ha Giang has focused on international integration, considering it a driver for the local economy.

The province’s strategy for international integration through 2020 with a vision to 2030 identifies three main targets: integration in economy; politics, defence and security; and culture, society, science-technology and education-training.
 
Various directions and plans have been employed to realise the goals, including an action plan on external information and a master plan to develop the economy in border areas along with local defence-security and tourism promotion prgrammes.

The locality has set up ties with China’s Yunnan and Guangxi provinces and Benguet province of the Philippines. Besides paying attention to establishing bilateral ties with international organisations and foreign non-governmental organisations (NGOs), the province has prioritised trade promotion activities and international trade.

The province currently houses 33 projects and programmes supported by 16 NGOs as well as working to attract nine official development assistance projects. Last year, it inked 10 new international cooperative deals and sent 679 officials and staff to exchange experience with foreign partners.

In the future, efforts will be channeled into promoting exchanges and cooperation with the Chinese provinces and expanding relations with foreign embassies, NGOs and foreign localities.

A conference to introduce the potential of Ha Giang will be held on February 1. Standing Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Nguyen Minh Tien said this is an important event to popularise Ha Giang province to international friends, thus deepening ties with foreign partners.-VNA