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President tells Lai Chau to aim for even more growth

Update: December, 10/2012 - 09:34

 

President Truong Tan Sang (centre) visits the construction site of the Lai Chau hydropower plant as part of his tour to the northern mountainous province. — VNA/VNS Photo Nguyen Khang
LAI CHAU (VNS)— President Truong Tan Sang called on Lai Chau Province yesterday to try to reach the mid-range level of development set out for the 2015-20 period.

The advice came after the President was briefed on the local economic growth and socio-economic development as part of his visit to the province.

The province recorded an economic growth of 13 per cent this year. It also made progresses in two significant areas: approving development plans for villages as part of the new rural development requirements and relocating local residents to build Lai Chau Hydropower Plant.

The President applauded the province's success in moving beyond the poorest group of provinces nationwide.

However, he said, the region should continue to improve human resources and seek new sources of capital.

The president also visited staff and soldiers at the Ma Lu Thang border gate, responsible for ensuring the security of 13km along the border as well as one village. About $171 million worth of goods went through this border gate between 2005-10.

On Saturday, the president paid a visit to engineers and workers at the construction site of the Lai Chau hydropower plant.

He was briefed on the progress of both the construction project and the resettlement of people who previously lived at the site.

Nearly 5,000 engineers and workers from Electricity of Viet Nam(EVN) and LILAMA are working on the 1,200 megawatt hydropower plant, which consists of three turbines and is expected to be operational by 2016.

This will be the third hydropower plant built on the Da River, following the 1,920MW hydropower plant in Hoa Binh province and the 2,400MW hydropower plant in Son La province.

During the tour, Sang also attended the inauguration of a memorial house and primary school in Ban Giang village, Muong Te commune, built to recognise lawyer Nguyen Huu Tho, who was detained there 62 years ago.

The President also visited Muong Te town, where he presented a gift to Vietnamese hero mother Ly Kho Po, a member of the Ha Nhi ethnic group. — VNS

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