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Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Dang Minh Khoi visits Cao Bang

On March 9, the delegation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs led by Mr. Dang Minh Khoi, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Vietnam to the Russian Federation, Chairman of the State Committee on Overseas Vietnamese paid a visit to and worked with the province on the situation and prospects of promoting cooperation between the province and localities of the Russian Federation.

Vice Chairman of the Provincial People's Committee Nguyen Bich Ngoc reports to the delegation on foreign affairs in Cao Bang province

At the meeting, Mrs. Nguyen Bich Ngoc, Member of the Standing Committee of the Provincial Party Committee, Vice Chairman of the Provincial People's Committee reported to the delegation about the advantages and potentials of cooperation of the province, the situation and prospects of promoting cooperation between Cao Bang and localities of the Russian Federation.

The province has great potential for cooperation in tourism, agriculture, production and processing of medicinal herbs; and potential for investment cooperation in the fields of transport, construction of infrastructure, industry and urban development. In 2020, the province approved investment policy and granted an investment registration certificate for the project of dairy farming and high-tech milk processing with total investment of VND 4300 billion; The 115km Dong Dang - Tra Linh expressway project approved by the Prime Minister under Decision No. 1212/QĐ-TTg dated August 10, 2020 and 2 sub-projects connecting to the highway has been being implemented.

Regarding border management, the province has implemented synchronous measures of border guard work; strengthened border management and protection, including closely monitoring construction works at the border; strengthened coordination in border management and protection according to three legal documents on Vietnam – China land border; promptly and effectively handled and resolved cases occurring on the border, maintaining territorial sovereignty and legitimate interests of each party; maintained the border checkpoint along the border line; well implemented the COVID-19 prevention and control.

In people-to-people diplomacy, Cao Bang Vietnam - Russia Friendship Association with 90 members has been established for nearly 10 years. The Association’s purpose is to connect members who have studied, worked in Russia and to propagate the Vietnam-Russia friendship and the Soviet people's tradition of solidarity and assistance with Vietnam. The province has well maintained the expansion and consolidation of friendly cooperation with China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in various fields; strengthened and expanded new cooperative relationships with Gangwoon Province (Korea), Nagano Province (Japan), localities in the US and Cuba; developed close relationships with embassies of Japan, Korea, Australia and some other countries…

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Dang Minh Khoi speaks at the meeting.

Cao Bang province proposed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to support the province: to connect with government partners of the Russian Federation and some localities of Russia, especially localities located on the Chinese railway line from Chongqing - Xinjiang to European countries; to call for trade investment and support promoting culture and tourism; to establish cooperative relation with Russian’s Volgagrad province, and at the same time, to invite Volgagrad’s delegates to visit Cao Bang; to promote the province's potentials and strengths; to introduce Russian organizations and sponsors to survey, implement programs, projects and aid in the fields of strength of Russia such as health, education and training, vocational guidance, environment schools and livelihoods for sustainable development and appropriate emergency aid programs.

Speaking at the meeting, Deputy Foreign Minister Dang Minh Khoi highly appreciated Cao Bang's efforts in socio-economic development, external activities, promotion and preservation of UNESCO cultural heritage in the province. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will strengthen coordination and act as a bridge to support the province to meet, exchange, call for investment, promote tourism development, and connect the province's transport system with domestic and international localities. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs suggested the province continue to well implement the Agreement on Cooperation in Protection and Exploitation of Tourism Resources of Ban Gioc – Detian waterfall and to associate socio-economic development with ensuring national defense and security in the locality.

Nong Hai