|Cross-border trade between Viet Nam and China is in full swing at the Ka Long border check-point. Provinces along the Chinese-Vietnamese border could be used to great economic advantage. — VNS Photo Doan Tung
HA NOI (VNS)— Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong yesterday said that provinces along the Chinese-Vietnamese border could be used to great economic advantage.
Trong said he hoped the two sides would improve co-operation in all fields and build up a border line of peace, friendship and development.
The Party leader said this while receiving Peng Qinghua, a member of Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), who is on an official visit to Viet Nam.
Peng, who is also secretary of the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region's CPC Committee, said Guangxi attached importance to developing the traditional and friendly relations with Viet Nam, especially in traffic works and trading.
On the same day, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung met Peng. Dung said China was one of the top investors in Viet Nam. However, there was still plenty of room for development.
He also suggested that China in general and Guangxi in particular would raise the number of scholarships for Vietnamese students to study in China.
He hoped Guangxi would tightly co-ordinate with Viet Nam's border provinces, suggesting that the two sides pay more attention to boosting investment in traffic works connecting the two countries and border economic zones.
Dung also said he hoped Viet Nam's ministries, sectors and localities made it easy for Guangxi enterprises to make long-term investments in Viet Nam.
He said his trip aimed at enhancing co-operative relations between Guangxi and Viet Nam's localities, especially in the fields of economy, trade, investment, culture, education and training and tourism.
Dung highly appreciated the working results between Peng and leaders of northern border provinces of Lang Son and Quang Ninh.
About 300 business people yesterday attended the Viet Nam-Guangxi Economic and Trade Cooperation Conference in the capital.
Peng Qinghua, Party Secretary of the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, spoke highly on the bilateral economic relationship between Viet Nam and Guangxi Province in past years.
He emphasised the importance of creating projects in the framework of "two corridors, one economic belt" , especially infrastructure connectivity and co-operation in industry, trade, finance and logistics.
(The two corridors refer to the two strips of land on either side of the border and the one belt of economic ties between peoples living there.)
Guangxi Province was an effective gate for comprehensive co-operation between Viet Nam and China, said Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Ho Thi Kim Thoa.
Viet Nam's trade with Guangxi reached US$9.73 billion in 2012, up 28.4 percent year-on-year or accounting for 24 per cent of the total trade turnover between the two countries, Thoa said, adding that Viet Nam had also been the second largest trade partner of Guangxi for the past 12 years.
She described yesterday's event as a good chance for businesses to seek out new opportunities for the further development of the co-operation between Guangxi and Viet Nam's provinces.
During the forum, enterprises from Guangxi Province expressed their hopes of further coordinating with Vietnamese partners in wide range of sectors.
The eighth Guangxi trade fair in Viet Nam is being held in Ha Noi's Giang Vo International Exhibition Centre.
The four-day expo showcases the socio-economic achievements and special products of Guangxi Province, such as automobiles, machinery, electronic products, household appliances, garment and textile products, pottery and porcelain, chemical products and agricultural products.
Almost 110 well-known Guangxi and Vietnamese businesses have joined the event. — VNS