|President Truong Tan Sang asks the local authorities to pay attention to expanding educational and healthcare services for the local population, of which 70 per cent belong to the H'Mong ethnic group, as well as building a grassroots political system.— VNA/VNS Photo Nguyen Khang
HA GIANG (VNS)— President Truong Tan Sang toured northern Ha Giang and Tuyen Quang provinces on the last two days as part of a trip to inspect the northern border areas.
In Ha Giang, he and his entourage paid pre-Tet visits to ethnic minority people and soldiers and officers stationed in the districts of Meo Vac, Vi Xuyen and Dong Van, which lie at the northernmost point of the country's border with China.
In Meo Vac, which borders China for 42 kilometres, President Sang noted local residents' suggestions for building more roads and connecting to the national power grid to accelerate development, cultivation, animal breeding and tourism.
He asked the local authorities to pay attention to expanding educational and healthcare services for the local population, of which 70 per cent belong to the H'Mong ethnic group, as well as building a grassroots political system.
In Dong Van, the President spent time with soldiers and officers at the Dong Van border guard post, which is in charge of managing and protecting a 6-km border section.
He inquired into the operations of the Thanh Thuy border gate, where import and export activities between Vietnamese and Chinese traders are busy, and a model of new-style rural area building in Viet Lam Commune, Vi Xuyen District.
In the neighbouring province of Tuyen Quang, President Sang examined the construction pace of a monument featuring late President Ho Chi Minh with local ethnic people. The monument is expected to be inaugurated on the late President's birthday (May 19) in 2015.
During a working session with the Tuyen Quang administration, he heard that the locality achieved a growth rate of 13.5 per cent, higher than the national average, and put important facilities into operation, like the Tuyen Quang sugar factory and Chiem Hoa hydro-electric power plant.
President Sang asked local officials to utilise the province's strong forest resources in a responsible manner to help improve the life of local residents.
He also visited the An Hoa paper factory, which currently employs 1,000 local people.
Earlier, President Sang toured Cao Bang and Lang Son provinces. — VNS