President Tran Dai Quang and Dien Bien's key leaders (Source: VNA)
Dien Bien (VNA) – President Tran Dai Quang has asked the Party organisation and authorities of the northwest mountainous province of Dien Bien to enhance their leadership and direction for a number of key tasks, including promoting economic growth.

During his working session with the provincial authorities on May 7, the President underlined the need for Dien Bien to focus on developing agricultural production and services together with restructuring agriculture, constructing infrastructure facilities for socio-economic and culture development, effectively attracting investment and promoting new-style rural area building programmes.

President Quang hailed important achievements made by the local Party organisations and authorities, and residents in recent times, especially in economic growth expansion, per capita income improvement, poverty reduction and vocational training, saying that those greatly contributed to the nation’s development.

Tran Van Son, Secretary of the provincial Party Committee briefed the President on Dien Bien’s socio-economic achievements and efforts in ensuring security and defence in 2015.

The Party and local-government building work recorded positive results, he noted.

In the first months of this year, local authorities devised many solutions to promote trade and service activities, and accelerate key projects such as the programmes of rapid and sustainable poverty reduction, new-style rural area building, the resettlement and socio-economic development plans, Son reported.

In 2016, the locality will focus on fostering agricultural production and the service sector, strengthening the great national unity, improving the quality of the local political system’s operations and concretising the Resolutions of the 12th National Party Congress and the 13 th Congress of the provincial Party Organisation, he added.

Agreeing on targets and measures for the socio-economic goals in the 2015-2020 period set at the recent 13 th Congress of the local Party Organisation, President Quang made a request for better Party building and local-level political system enforcement.

The locality should pay attention to fostering tourism development, especially historical and cultural tourism, and fully tapping the sector’s advantages and potential, he added.

The State leader also reminded the local authorities to enhance international integration and take more measures to ensure security and defence.

The same day, President Quang inspected preparations for the upcoming National Assembly and People’s Council elections at the Ministry of Public Security’s Mobile Police Regiment in Dien Bien.

Dien Bien province is home to over 550,000 people from 19 ethnic groups, with 38 percent of the Thai ethnicity, and 34.8 percent of the H’Mong people. It shares 401 km of borders with Laos and China.-VNA