The sixth conference on cooperation in the economic corridor between four Vietnamese localities, including Lao Cai, Hanoi, Hai Phong and Quang Ninh and China ’s Yunnan province took place in Lao Cai city on Nov. 25.

The conference aimed to realise an initiative to build the Kunming-Lao Cai-Hanoi-Hai Phong-Quang Ninh Economic Corridor.

The five localities highlighted the results of their cooperation in various fields such as investment, trade, research, tourism, transport, cultural exchange, education and training, disease prevention and agricultural development.

The total import-export turnover through the Lao Cai border gate reached 650 million USD in 2009.

The five cities and provinces signed a minute of the sixth conference, focusing on measures to strengthen socio-economic connectivity and investment and trade cooperation, as well as boosting trade liberalisation and facilitating goods circulation along the economic corridor.

They agreed to hold the next conference in Kunming city, Yunnan province in 2011.

Earlier, a friendship exchange programme between the border people of Vietnam ’s Lao Cai, Ha Giang, Lai Chau and Dien Bien provinces and Yunnan province took place in Lao Cai city./.