NA Vice Chairman pays working visit to Yen Bai hinh anh 1 Vice Chairman of the National Assembly Phung Quoc Hien presents gifts to local poor families affected by flooding in 2017. (Source:

 Yen Bai (VNA)
– Vice Chairman of the National Assembly Phung Quoc Hien has asked Nghia Lo town in the northern mountainous province of Yen Bai to consider trade, services and tourism as the core of the local economy, given its important position in the Northwestern region.

During his visit to the town on March 5, Hien praised Nghia Lo’s growth in trade and services, as well as its building of a smart town and maintenance of outstanding economic models.

As a cradle of ancient Thai people’s culture, Nghia Lo should step up the promotion of its culture and people, he said, asking the locality to promote agricultural production towards high quality and pay attention to industry-craft industry.

While building the town, Nghia Lo needs to roll out both a master plan and specific planning schemes of residents, embankments and roads, the legislator noted.

He used the occasion to laud Nghia Lo’s performance in poverty reduction and settlement of natural disaster consequences.

At the working session, Nghia Lo leaders proposed the legislature soon ratify the plan on administrative expansion for Nghia Lo in order to turn the town into a centre of culture, services and tourism of Yen Bai’s western region and a third-tier urban area.

The local leaders also called for the NA’s support for the building of resettlement areas for families in natural disaster-prone areas, and the construction of bridges, embankments and roads destroyed by downpours and floods.

Nghia Lo also proposed the NA and the Government invest in the section connecting National Highway 32 in Nghia Lo with the Noi Bai-Lao Cai Highway the IC 14 intersection.

On this occasion, Hien presented 20 gifts to local poor families affected by flooding in 2017 in Ban Cong commune, Tram Tau district, and Nghia Lo town.

The same day, Hien and his encourage made fact-finding trips to road sections from Mau A town in Van Yen district to Nghia Lo and from Yen Bai’s Tram Tau districtto Bac Lien district of Son La province.

Yen Bai was among localities that had suffered great losses from flood and landslides in October 2017.

The disasters killed six people, left 16 others missing and injured seven others.

In addition to that, the disasters also ruined 1,251 houses, 73 of which collapsed or were swept away completely, badly affected road traffic, and broke six kilometres of embankments.-VNA