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Dak lak

Geographic location: The province is bounded by Gia Lai to the north, Lâm Đồng to the south, Phú Yên and Khánh Hoà to the east, Đắc Nông and Cambodia to the west.

Area: 13,139.2 km2

Topographic features: There are three type of terrains. Mountainous area in the south and eastern south covering 35% province natural area; Flat high land in the central covering 53% province natural area; The remain area is flat land in the north.

Administrative units: Include Ban Mê Thuột city and 12 districts: Krông Buk, Krông Pak, Lăk, Ea Súp, M’Drăk, Krông Ana, Krông Bông, Ea H’leo, Cư M’gar, Krông Năng, Buôn Đôn và Ea Kar.

Population: 1,759,100 (Statistics Yearbook 2007)R

"Tourism resources: Daklak is a mountainous province with great tourism potentiality. There are many famous waterfalls such as Krông Kmar, Bảy Nhánh, Thủy Tiên, Ba Tầng etc, many water reservoirs such as Lăk, Ea Kao, Ea Đờn etc, which are really suitable for canoeing, water skiing, fishing, and other entertainment activities. There are intact forests in Yok Đôn national park, Nam Ka, Nam Nung, Tà Đùng reserve areas with various ecology systems.
Human resources: In 2003, the population was 1,667,737. The working labour force is of 712,545, accounting for 42.73% population; actually, the labour force was 872,833 in total. The retired but working labourers were 38,281. The trained laborers accounted for 27.2%."

"Transportation system: Transportation system includes roadway and airway. Dak Lak has important national highways of No. 14, 14C, 26, 27, 28. The national highway No. 14 connects Dak Lak with Đà Nẵng, Gia Lai, and Kon Tum. The national highway No. 26 connects Buôn Ma Thuột city with seaport city of Nha Trang, national highway No. 27 to Đà Lạt city and Phan Rang etc. There is an airport in Buôn Ma Thuột city with flights to  Hanoi, Hồ Chí Minh city and Đà Nẵng.

- Power supply system: The power system has been rapidly developed. In 2005, all of 165 communes, wards and towns of the province were connected to the national grid.

- Post and telecommunication system: The system has been gradually modernized. There are telephone service available in all of the local districts. The province has 54/57 post offices equipped with automatic switchboards, 26 post booths, 13 post agents in communes. The system covers 13 wards, 18 towns, 153/207 communes, 3 border guard stations and one border gate.

- Industrial zones: Đắk Lắk has industrial zones of: Hoà Phú IZ (181ha) in Hoà Phú commune, Buôn Mê Thuột city, Buôn Hồ IZ (69.3ha) in Krông Buk district; Ea Dar IZ (51.5ha) in Ea Dar commune, Ea Kar district; Buôn Ma Thuột IZ in Tân An ward, Buôn Ma Thuột city.

Development plan up to the year 2010

            - GDP growth rate: It is planned to reach GDP growth rate of 11.5% with an increase of 4.5% in agriculture - forestry - fishery; an increase of 23.5% in industry and construction; an increase of 20.7% in services. Agriculture - forestry – fishery will account for 49 - 50%; industry and construction account for 20 - 21% and services account for 31 - 32%.

         - Sectors’ development plan:

         + Agriculture-Forestry-Fishery: Speed up changing of cultivation and husbandry structure, develop processing and post harvest  industry; Encourage cultivation of  rubber forest in suitable areas; Develop the cultivation of pepper in communes of southern area; cashew nuts in Buôn Đôn, Ea Súp, Ea Kar; Maitain stable area of water paddy, cultivate twice crops annually in 22.000 ha; cultivate corn in 60.000 ha; Increase number of cows to 200,000 (with 15% hybrid); of pigs to 620,000 (with 60% hybrid); Pay attention to reservation of protection forests; newly plant 10,000 ha of forest

          + Industry: Focus on development of processing industry (coffee, rubber, sugar, cotton, noodle, cassava, corn starch, pineapple, food and feedstock); Encourage production of bio fertilizer, building materials, construction and wood processing; expand Feldspar mining and processing; Build up Tâm"

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