A trans-national economic cooperation zone connecting Dong Dang (Lang Son, Vietnam) and Pingxiang (Guangxi, China) will benefit both local and national cooperation and mutual development, heard a workshop.

Ma Jixian, Deputy Director of the Department of Commerce of China’s Guangxi, which borders Vietnam’s northern Lang Son province, said it’s time for both sides to build such a zone when addressing the workshop to boost cross-border trade through Lang Son on November 4.

Participants suggested Lang Son develop infrastructure, improve border gate management, simplify customs procedures along increasing customs cooperation with China in the effort.

Over the past years, Lang Son has accelerated its socio-economic reform and strengthened its ties with China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

The province’s trade grew 27 percent on average a year in 2005-2010. It reached nearly 2.2 billion USD in 2012, a 35 percent rise from 2010, and is expected to hit 2.4 billion USD this year.

A week-long Vietnam – China Trade Fair is underway in the province’s Lang Son city with the participation of over 330 businesses, including 30 Chinese firms, as part of efforts to increase bilateral trade value.-VNA