On November 23rd, 2020, the Provincial Party Committee, the People's Committee of Tien Giang province and leaders of provincial departments and branches chaired by Mr. Nguyen Van Danh, Member of the Party Central Committee, Secretary of the Tien Giang Province Party Committee received and worked with the Delegation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs led by Mr. Le Hoai Trung - Member of the Party Central Committee, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs. The meeting took place in an open, candid atmosphere and noted many comments by Mr. Le Hoai Trung on foreign affairs and international integration of Tien Giang province in the coming time.
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At the meeting, authorized by the Provincial People's Committee, Mr. Luu Van Phi - Director of Tien Giang Province Department of Foreign Affairs briefed the results of foreign affairs and international integration activities of the province in recent years, especially the cooperation between the province and Northeast Asian countries. In 2019, the import and export turnover of Tien Giang province to China, Japan and South Korea reached about 584 million USD, 244 million USD and 180 million USD, respectively. In 9 months of 2020, the province's import and export turnover into these 03 markets reached about 647 million USD, 130 million and 255 million USD, respectively. Main exported products are as follows: rice, garments, seafood, shoes, bags, copper pipes, vegetables, plastic products, rice paper... Imported products mainly include raw materials for the garment industry, copper pipe production, animal feed; raw materials of shoes, bags; machinery, equipment... In terms of FDI investment, there are currently 21 countries and territories having investment projects in the province. Among them the Chinese investors (including Hong Kong, Taiwan) have topped with 51 projects of the total registered investment of USD 1.6 billion; next are Korean investors with 30 projects of the investment capital of USD 419 million; investors from Japan have 5 projects with a total registered capital of USD 56 million. Tien Giang province was approved by the Prime Minister for planning 7 industrial parks with an area of more than 2,080 hectares; in which Long Jiang Industrial Park having a scale of 540 hectares, invested by a business from Zhejiang Province - China, has filled more than 70% of the area. Every year, the province welcomes over 600 thousand international visitors. But in 2020 there are about 200 thousand visitors coming to the province due to the Covid-19 epidemic. In particular, visitors from Japan, China are over 100 thousand and Korea - about 40-50 thousand.
Through the field survey and contact with enterprises in Long Jiang Industrial Park and getting information from the report, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Le Hoai Trung appreciated the interest of provincial leaders in foreign affairs, especially the development of multilateral diplomatic relations. The stable development of Long Jiang Industrial Park demonstrates the great efforts of Tien Giang province administration in the work of international economic integration in spite of many difficulties of the province in transport infrastructure. In the coming time, Mr. Le Hoai Trung suggested that the province should take advantage of external resources and strengthen the international integration further. In addition to developing bilateral cooperation with foreign organizations and localities, the province also needs to take advantages of the sub-regional cooperation mechanisms.
On behalf of Tien Giang Provincial People's Committee, Mr. Le Van Nghia - First Vice Chairman of the Provincial People's Committee appreciated profound comments by Deputy Minister Le Hoai Trung on the foreign affairs and international integration of the province in the future. At the same time, he also informed the delegation about the positive results as well as difficulties and limitations in the socio-economic development of Tien Giang in 2020. Accordingly, along with the whole country, in 2020, foreign affairs and international integration activities of Tien Giang province are strongly affected by the Covid-19 epidemic. Implementing the direction of the Central Party Committee and under the leadership of the Provincial Party Committee, the Provincial People's Committee has managed drastically to overcome negative impacts of the saltwater penetration and the pandemic. The work of mastering and performing the guidelines and policies related to foreign affairs is done promptly, following the right direction, well supporting the direction of the Party Committee and the state management in the field of foreign affairs, contributing to ensuring order and security and stable socio-economic development of the province; many sectors continue to grow steadily, especially industrial production, trade, disbursement of public investment capital, attracting investment, credit growth achieved positive results. However, the province also has faced many difficulties in competitiveness, restructuring agriculture and industry... Therefore, it is necessary to continue improving the investment environment associated with promoting global integration in the coming time.
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On behalf of the government and people of Tien Giang province, the Provincial Party Secretary, Mr. Nguyen Van Danh thanked and accepted the comments by Mr. Le Hoai Trung. He affirmed that the province will do its best to make good coordination between the locality and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. At the same time, he also expected the cooperation between the Party, the government and the people of Tien Giang province and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will be better and better.
It is known that this is the second time in 2020, Tien Giang province is honored to welcome leaders of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to visit and work with the province (previously, on June 26th, 2020, Mr. Bui Thanh Son, First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs also visited and greeted the provincial leaders). With the attention and active support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, it is expected that the foreign affairs and international integration of the province will have more new achievements, helping Tien Giang to firmly move forward with prosperity on the way to regional and world integration./.
Translated by the Department of Foreign Affairs