On the afternoon of March 22, 2019, in Lang Son city, the 10th Session of the Joint Work Committee (JWC) between the provinces of Lang Son, Quang Ninh, Cao Bang, Ha Giang (Vietnam) and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region (China) was held. The Session was co-chaired by JWC’s bilateral presidents including People's Committee Vice Chairmen of four border provinces of Vietnam: Nguyen Cong Truong (Lang Son); Bui Van Khang (Quang Ninh); Trinh Huu Khang (Cao Bang); Tran Duc Quy (Ha Giang) and the Vice Chairman of the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region (China) Yang Jin Bo.
Overview of the 10th Session of the Joint Work Committee
This is the second time that the Session was organized alternately under the new mechanism, after the leaders of the provinces/region agreed to organize the Spring Meeting and JWC session at the same time to create the concentration on leadership and direction to improve practicality and effectiveness in cooperation mechanism.
At the Session, the delegates of 5 provinces and region highly appreciated the results of implementing the common awareness of the 9th Session of JWC, at the same time discussed and exchanged measures to further promote the role of JWC between the border provinces of Vietnam and the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China.
The delegation of Lang Son province attends the meeting. Photo: Anh Dung
Mr. Nguyen Cong Truong, Vice Chairman of Lang Son Provincial People's Committee, of the province that hosted the 10th Session of the Joint Working Committee between Lang Son, Quang Ninh, Cao Bang, Ha Giang (Vietnam) and the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region (China) affirmed that since Early Spring Meeting 2018 and the 9th Session of the Joint Working Committee, with the joint efforts of all 5 provinces and region, up to now, the results of the exchange and cooperation agreement between the two sides have achieved many encouraging results. On behalf of Quang Ninh, Cao Bang, Ha Giang provinces, on behalf of the Chairman of Vietnam Joint Working Committee, Mr. Vice Chairman of the Provincial People's Committee synthesized the achieved results, at the same time offered some specific proposals for the parties to promote cooperation in the future, in order to continue to promote the achievements, further promote the role of the Joint Working Committee among the parties, continue to bring the friendship and comprehensive cooperation between localities to expand, deepen and bring practical effect.
Leaders of 5 provinces/region took souvenir photos. Photo: Anh Dung
In a friendly and cooperative atmosphere, the delegates attending the 10th Session of the JWC discussed and evaluated the implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding content at the 9th JWC Session, and at the same time unified the direction for cooperation in 2019. The parties agreed to identify the results achieved in exchange and cooperation, which still haven’t been equivalent to the potential and cooperative advantages of each party. The leaders of the provinces and region of the two sides exchanged and agreed to sign the Memorandum of the 10th Session of the JWC with 10 specific cooperation contents: (1) Strengthening friendship visits to one another; (2) Strengthening the traffic construction and connection cooperation; (3) Enhancing cooperation in building border economic cooperation zones; (4) Enhancing cooperation in opening and upgrading border gates; (5) Enhancing tourism cooperation; (6) Strengthening customs clearance cooperation; (7) Enhancing cooperation in waterway management; (8) Strengthening cooperation in cross-border labor management; (9) Strengthening exchange and cooperation in the fields of ago-forestry, science, technology, education, culture, sports, health, and currency; (10) Enhancing cooperation in border management.
Previously, on the morning of March 22, 2019, the Spring Talks 2019 between the Secretaries of the Provincial Party Committees of four Vietnamese border provinces and the Secretary of the Party Committee of Guangxi, China had been held.
Minh Phuong – Border Management Division