|During his stay in the province, Sang visited residents in Yen Khoai, Tu Mich and Mau Son communes, and border guards and other forces based at Huu Nghi International Border Gate. — VNA/VNS Photo Nguyen Khang
LANG SON (VNS) — President Truong Tan Sang asked the northern province of Lang Son to press ahead with building new-style rural areas – an important way to combat poverty in disadvantaged regions.
At a working session with officials from the northern mountainous province yesterday, he asked for detailed reports on Vietnamese companies' new livestock farming projects.
Sang said close co-ordination between provincial agencies and businesses would help farmers produce competitive agricultural products. He also recognised local development achievements, including a fair growth rate, cross-border trade activities and more social welfare. Lang Son had also promoted peace along its border with China – a precondition for integration and stronger growth.
He also requested more efforts to raise local residents' living standards and curb shifting cultivation.
At the session, local officials reported that during the Lunar New Year (Tet), the provincial People's Committee gave aid to almost 13,000 people in 4,000 impoverished households, and delivered the president's gifts to nearly 7,700 social policy beneficiaries.
Social order and safety was guaranteed, while border security was ensured during the recent holiday, they added.
During his stay in the province, Sang visited residents in Yen Khoai, Tu Mich and Mau Son communes, and border guards and other forces based at Huu Nghi International Border Gate.
He offered incense at the Lang Son city cemetery, home to 400 soldiers and officers who died in resistance wars. Of these, 300 laid down their lives protecting the country's northern border. — VNS