Hoa Binh province marks 130th founding anniversary hinh anh 1A view of Hoa Binh city (Photo: VNA)

Hoa Binh (VNA) – The northern mountainous province of Hoa Binh held a ceremony in November 19 to celebrate its 130th founding anniversary and its 25th re-establishment.

Attending the event, Politburo member, Permanent member of the Party Central Committee’s Secretariat Dinh The Huynh lauded the province’s achievements despite difficulties.

He suggested Hoa Binh province make the best use of its geographical location close to Hanoi to supply farming produce and other services to the capital city and neighbouring areas.

Tremendous tourism potentials are also the strength of the province, he added.

Huynh recommended the local authorities to lead the economy toward a market economy and prepare for international integration, stressing that more attention should be paid to start-up enterprises.

On this occasion, on behalf of Party and Government leaders, he granted an Independence Order, first class, to the province.

At the ceremony, the local Muong ethnic minority group’s Mo ritual singing and gong performance were announced as national intangible heritage.

Spanning nearly 4,600 km2, Hoa Binh now consists of 10 districts and one city with a total population of more than 830,000.

In the past 25 years, the province has recorded an annual average growth rate of 8.7 percent and raised the agricultural output to above 360,000 tonnes per year. Income per capital in 2015 stood at 36.5 million VND, 50 times higher than that of 1991.

As part of its founding celebrations, Hoa Binh is hosting a gardening festival that will last until November 25.-VNA