Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc works with local key officials (Photo: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc requested relevant ministries and sectors to help the northwestern province of Lai Chau develop its infrastructure and economy, ensure defence-security and social welfares, during his fact-finding tour of the province on April 22.

Speaking at a working session with key local officials, he said Lai Chau has a significant position in security and defence, and it is home to many ethnic minority groups.

He extolled the provincial Party Committee, authorities and people for sparing no efforts to overcome difficulties and reap remarkable socio-economic achievements, gradually improving local income, now at a current level of 18.2 million VND (819 USD) per year.

The PM hailed the effective local methods in developing agriculture, forestry and building new-style rural areas, which creates a foundation for poverty reduction.

Lai Chau is also effectively implementing the forest coverage criteria and environmental protection plan as well as the settlement of hydropower plant construction, investment attraction, and strengthening the friendship, solidarity with foreign shared border localities, he said.

He also recognised the province’s excellent preparation for the upcoming elections of deputies to the 14th National Assembly and People Councils at all levels.

Regarding some provincial proposals, the Government leader directed the Ministry of Transport and Ministry of Planning and Investment to accelerate the implementation of the project connecting Hanoi-Lao Cai Higway with Lai Chau city.

He urged the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to pay more attention to agriculture production and rural modernisation in Lai Chau, especially local living standards.-VNA