President Truong Tan Sang works with leaders of Dien Bien province. ( Image: VNA )
The statement was made by President Truong Tan Sang on April 16 while working with leaders of Dien Bien province before concluding his visit to the northwestern provinces.
He asked the province to create more favourable conditions to attract investors for building infrastructure and training local residents in agricultural production.
He also appraised the achievements made by the provincial authorities and residents in recent years, suggesting the leaders revise economic models in the province and study similar localities to learn how they developed their economies.
President Sang emphasised that Dien Bien must focus on ensuring social order, national security and defence, and properly implement policies on ethnic groups and religion.
He also expressed his belief in the unity of the provincial Party committee and residents, saying that both will help the province make significant progress in the future.
Secretary of the provincial Party Committee, Lo Mai Trinh, said that Dien Bien is a mountainous border province and four out of its nine districts are poor.
However, despite many difficulties, the province’s GDP in 2011 increased by 10% compared to 2010, the budget income rose by 20.7% and the number of disadvantaged households decreased to 4.73%.
The province also effectively carried out key traffic, agriculture, irrigation, and afforestation projects, as well as residential resettlement for the Son La power plant and poverty reduction in four poor districts.
Co-operation between the province and neighbouring Laos and China was strengthened, which contributes to ensuring national security and defence.