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Plan for Sapa to become district-level town

Released at: 21:20, 15/03/2019

Plan for Sapa to become district-level town

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PM agrees that plan be submitted to NA for consideration.

by Linh Chi

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc chaired a meeting on March 15 regarding a plan to upgrade the popular tourist destination of Sapa in northern Lao Cao province into a district-level town, highlighting the necessity of the upgrade to local development, the Vietnam News Agency reports.

Lao Cai has been mobilizing resources in recent years to develop Sapa district into a major tourism center. Tourism growth averages 23.4 per cent annually, with 2.5 million visitors in 2018.

There are 571 tourism establishments in Sapa district at present, including one- to five-star hotels and 34 travel agencies. Many tourism projects have been put into operation, like the Fansipan tourism and entertainment complex and Sapa cultural park. Transport, power and water supply, and telecoms infrastructure have also been improved to meet local development needs.

At the meeting in Hanoi, officials agreed that Sapa is developing rapidly and comprehensively and should become a district-level town so it can truly hold a key role in terms of national defense and security along the Chinese border.

This would create the legal foundation to change the local government model from the one of a rural area to that of an urban area, which will help with administrative management in a locality seeing rapid urbanization.

Lao Cai officials affirmed that the town will have the necessary funding and said its upgrade will ensure a suitable government apparatus for development.

Echoing this view, Prime Minister Phuc said upgrading Sapa into a district-level town is necessary given economic development and national defense and security requirements.

He agreed for plans to be submitted to the National Assembly Standing Committee for consideration.

He asked Lao Cai to maintain the good management at Sapa, uphold the culture of ethnic minority groups, protect and develop forests, ensure national defense and security, promote solidarity among local communities, and maintain its image as a hospitable tourist destination.

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