Give wings for aspirations to rise

“The harder the task, the more determined to perform. Even high mountains have a way to climb, and even dangerous roads have paths.” Those are the words of encouragement, but also the enthusiastic, responsible and concerned direction of Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh during his recent visit and work in Lao Cai.

Understanding the aspiration of Lao Cai - the borderland, the highland is still poor, but always full of development aspirations, so together with the chairperson of the Conference to announce the Understanding the aspiration of Lao Cai - the borderland, the highland is still poor, but always full of development aspirations, so together with the chairperson of the Conference to announce the Government's Resolution on the Action Program to implement Resolution No. 11 dated February 10, 2022 of the Politburo on the direction of socio-economic development, ensuring national defense and security in the Northern Midlands and Mountains by 2030, with a vision to 2045, the Head of Government spent a lot of time inspecting and working in Lao Cai to remove the "bottlenecks" ", which helps the province arouse the desire to rise.

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh spoke at the meeting with the Standing Board of Lao Cai Provincial Party Committee

In fact, Lao Cai has a will, aspiration, potential and distinct advantages and always wishes to contribute more and be more responsible for the overall development of the Northern Midlands and Mountains. Therefore, Lao Cai is entrusted by the Central Government and the Government with the very glorious, but extremely heavy task of becoming "The growth pole and the center of economic and trade connectivity between Vietnam and ASEAN countries and Southwest China".

When working with the Standing Board of the Lao Cai Provincial Party Committee, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh once again affirmed: Few provinces have as many advantages as Lao Cai. With distinct potentials, comparative advantages and outstanding opportunities, rich resources, it can be said that Lao Cai has all the conditions to develop into a growth pole of the northern border region, become the center of economic trade connection between Vietnam and ASEAN countries with Southwest China.

Analyzing more clearly the potentials and advantages of Lao Cai, the head of the Government has generalized but very specific and profound: Lao Cai - where the Red River flows into Vietnam, has a “watershed river, peak mountain”; natural area of over 6.3 thousand square kilometers (ranked 19th out of 63 in the country); population of over 730 thousand people (54/63 of the whole country) including 25 ethnic groups (ethnic minority accounts for 66.2%) with rich and unique treasures of tangible and intangible culture, in the top of the list. country in terms of cultural heritage. Lao Cai is the center of the Northern midland and mountainous provinces; located on 2 major economic corridors; is one of the few mountainous provinces with a diversified transport network connecting intra-provincial, inter-provincial and international, especially from September 1, 2022, there is a smooth highway from Lao Cai - Hanoi - Hai Phong - Quang Ninh (Mong Cai) and soon to be Sa Pa airport. Along with that, Lao Cai province also has the famous Sa Pa tourist area, many precious minerals (copper, iron, apatite), has an international border gate, especially Lao Cai people are united, industrious, proactive, creative, kind and hospitable with a strong desire to rise up.

In order to spark aspirations, the Prime Minister said that, with the above conditions, the development of Lao Cai province depends on solidarity, unity, high determination, great efforts,act decisively and effectively, do something to finish it, organize it well; inherit and strongly promote the heroic historical-cultural tradition, the achievements through the generations, consider this as a development resource, strive for the next generation to do better than the previous generation, and to be better next year than the previous year.

What the Prime Minister emphasized to provincial leaders is that in any situation, on the basis of functions, tasks and powers, Lao Cai province must promote the tradition, capacity and available conditions to actively and proactively build and develop socio-economically quickly and sustainably, firmly maintain national defense and security, and uphold national defense and security, build a border of peace, friendship, cooperation and development, contributing to promoting, consolidating and enhancing the traditional friendship between the two countries and two peoples, build a solid defensive area in terms of national security and defense and a defense of cooperation and competition in economic development.

Clearing the "bottlenecks", "bottlenecks", the head of the Government suggested: The province focuses on leading, directing and accelerating planning work, considering this as a central and key task; urgently complete the formulation of the Lao Cai provincial master plan for the period of 2021 - 2030, with a vision to 2050, contributing to the completion of the national and regional planning system. In the planning, it is necessary to maximize the cultural identity and brand of Sa Pa, take the Red River as the development axis of Lao Cai province and the whole region, build more bridges across the Red River in a reasonable manner, invest in connecting route to create new space, driving force for development. In the planning, it is necessary to point out and maximize differentiating potentials, outstanding opportunities and competitive advantages; resolve, minimize the inadequacies, "bottlenecks", difficulties and challenges.

It is easy to see that Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh is very interested in the issues that Lao Cai is waiting for the direction of the Central Government, which is to open up inter-regional connectivity, with a focus on traffic connection; specific mechanisms and policies to develop specific economic zones. Therefore, in addition to the meeting, the Prime Minister spent all his time inspecting investment projects in the area. Monitoring the construction investment of Sa Pa Airport Project, the Prime Minister emphasized: This is a very important project, creating a great breakthrough in transport infrastructure for Lao Cai province and the Northern Midlands and Mountains, contribute to concretizing the implementation of Resolution 11 of the Politburo, which identifies the development of Lao Cai province into a growth pole, a center for economic trade connection between Vietnam and ASEAN countries and the Southwest Central region. Country. The Prime Minister proposed to build Sa Pa Airport in the direction of dual-use, serving both civil and military; find out the plan to build an intersection connecting Noi Bai - Lao Cai highway with this airport. In particular, during the meeting with the Standing Board of Lao Cai Provincial Party Committee, the Prime Minister once again noted that it is necessary to determine the construction of Sa Pa airport in the direction of airport urban development.

The prime minister inspected the field project to build the Noi Bai - Lao Cai highway to Sa Pa.

Checking the progress of the project to build the highway connecting Noi Bai - Lao Cai to Sa Pa in the form of BOT contract, the Prime Minister requested that the expressway should go in the direction of the straightest and shortest route possible, in the spirit of "cross the river, bridge, cross the mountain, dig a tunnel, and over the field, pour the soil"; do not follow residential areas to create new development space and avoid having to spend large costs on site clearance.

Surveying the proposed location for pilot implementation of the cross-border economic cooperation zone in Kim Thanh - Ban Vuoc area, Lao Cai city, located in the Lao Cai border gate economic zone; To learn about the general construction planning of Lao Cai border gate economic zone, the general construction planning along both sides of the Red River in Lao Cai territory, the transport planning of Lao Cai province, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh requested the ministries, agencies, central agencies and Lao Cai province to closely coordinate and speed up the implementation of the adjustment of the general planning to build the Lao Cai border-gate economic zone; continue to study the good experiences of local and international countries that have successfully built economic zones for implementation in Lao Cai on the principle of harmonizing interests between the two countries, making the most of each side's advantages. and benefits between the State and enterprises... Thereby, exploiting the advantages to make Lao Cai become one of the growth poles, an important nucleus in regional economic development, contributing to the successful implementation of Resolution No. 11 dated February 10, 2022 of the Politburo on the direction of socio-economic development, ensuring national defense and security in the Northern Midlands and Mountains until 2030, with a vision to 2045.

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh inspects the proposed site for the construction of the cross-border economic cooperation zone in Lao Cai province.

Although directing many contents, the key thing that Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh affirmed during his visit to Lao Cai is: Focus on removing obstacles, opening up resources, and creating new space. for Lao Cai to develop. That's all, but it has added great political determination to the Party, government and people of Lao Cai ethnic groups firmly on the new path. This is evident when Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee Dang Xuan Phong replied from the direction of the Prime Minister: Lao Cai province will be more united, more creative, more focus, bringing efficiency with specific products to turn the potential of the province into a resource.

According to Thanh Nam/LCEN

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