HA NOI — President Truong Tan Sang praised the rural development achievements of authorities in the Red River province of Thai Binh, during his visit on Saturday.
|President Truong Tan Sang drinks rice wine with ethnic people at the Culture-Tourism Village in Son Tay District, Ha Noi. — VNA/VNS Photo Nguyen Khang
Sang said rural development in the province would boost the living conditions of local people and socio-economic growth in the country.
He expressed the hope that development would proceed even more rapidly in the next few years.
Economic growth in Thai Binh in 2011 was 10 per cent up on the previous year, while annual per-capita income stood at VND20.7 million (US$1,000).
On the same day, Sang burnt incense to the Tran Kings at a temple in Hung Ha District.
President Sang held a warm reception yesterday for international poets from 27 countries who are in Viet Nam to attend the Asia Pacific Poetry Festival in Ha Long City.
He said the festival was not only important for the art community itself but for the whole region as well.
During the reception, Chairman of the Viet Nam Writer's Association Nguyen Huu Thinh gave the President a report on the outcomes of the festival.
While telling the guests that hosting this festival for the first time was both Viet Nam's honour and responsibility, Sang affirmed that the Vietnamese people had a long tradition of being fond of poetry.
On one hand, poetry helped people communicate with the inner parts of themselves while on the other hand, it was a powerful instrument of encouragement to stand strong when faced with tough challenges, he said.
"Realising the power of poetry, the Vietnamese are curious to learn from the poetry of other countries," Sang said.
International poets expressed their thanks for the support from the Viet Nam Party, State and people, adding that exposure to Vietnamese poems helped them gain a better understanding of Viet Nam's spiritual aspects.
Tourism village visit
Earlier, Sang visited the Vietnamese ethnic tourism village in Ha Noi's outlying Son Tay District.
The President wished ethnic people living in the village a happy new year. He said the area would become a centre of ethnic cultural research.
He witnessed the Long Tong (Going to the field ceremony) of the Thai and Nung ethnic groups and joined in their traditional New Year celebrations. During the spring festival, the most important of the year, ethnic groups in the northern mountainous provinces, wish for a good harvests.
The State leader also visited Cham and Khmer houses.
It is hoped the village, construction of which began on a 1,544-ha site in 2003, will attract foreign and local tourists. — VNS