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Lao Cai border gates to be fully reopened early next month

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – The Vietnam-China border gates in the northern province of Lao Cai will be fully reopened on January 1 next year, as China has eased its Covid-19 restrictions, according to a local official.

Hoang Dang Khoa, chairman of the People’s Committee of Lao Cai City, was quoted by the local media as saying that the Hekou side had invited the Vietnamese city’s delegation to visit Hekou on December 23 to work on the border gate reopening plan.

At a recent conference introducing the 2023 socioeconomic development and public investment plan of Lao Cai Province, Dang Xuan Phong, secretary of the provincial Party Committee, said the full reopening of the border gates would bring about significant opportunities in terms of trade and travel for the province.

Lao Cai City has three border gates serving the import-export and daily commutes of the people of the two countries. Besides, there are two other international border gates in other parts of the province, Ban Vuoc and Muong Khuong.

This year, trade revenue through the border gates in Lao Cai reached an estimated US$2 billion. The northern province set a target turnover of US$5 billion for 2023.

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