|President Truong Tan Sang inspected border security in the northern province of Lang Son yesterday, where he held separate working sessions with Chi Ma Border Station and Economic Defense Division 338.— VNA/VNS Photo
LANG SON (VNS) — President Truong Tan Sang inspected border security in the northern province of Lang Son yesterday, where he held separate working sessions with Chi Ma Border Station and Economic Defense Division 338.
These units are tasked with defending the 15.6-km borderline and developing the economy in nine communes in Loc Binh District.
The President called on the soldiers to help locals reduce poverty and improve living standard.
Local residents mostly earn money from agriculture in the forest and mountains, using rudimentary methods of farming. The poverty rate in these border communes is about 22 per cent.
The President praised the work of the border station and the economic defense division and said that they should continue maintaining unity, working closely with the locals on poverty reduction, implementing new economic models and contributing to border security.
The same day, President Sang visited Cao Lau Commune, which borders China. He praised the local government in external border relations and said building a border area of peace, stability and development was the common effort of both Viet Nam and China. He also called for greater efforts in building new rural areas.
The President stressed that local authorities must play an active role in motivating residents to leave poverty behind and focus on effective production models that can promote sustainable growth.
The poverty rate of the commune is 14 per cent, lower than the average level of 18 per cent in Lang Son Province.
On this occasion, President Sang and the Viet Nam Red Cross presented 300 Tet gifts and 200 blankets to poor people in Lang Son Province. — VNS