A ceremony was held at Thanh Thuy border gate on April 16 to announce the decision.
The zone which covers seven communes, borders Wenshan, Yunnan province, to the north, with a 26 km-long border.
The 28,781 ha economic zone is a combination of such sectors as trade, service, industry and agroforestry. It will act as an international trade gateway and a bridge linking China’s Yunnan province and north Vietnam as well as ASEAN countries and northeast Asia.
The Government said Thanh Thuy border economic zone will become one of the economic and cultural centres of Ha Giang and will offer a chance for the province to rise out of poverty and integrate into the national and regional economies.