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Quang Binh

Geographic position:
Quang Binh province is situated in the north of Central Vietnam. The northern of Quang Binh province is contiguous to Ha Tinh province, the Southern is contiguous to Quang Tri province, the Eastern is contiguous to the Eastern Sea, and the Western is contiguous to Laos.The province has a coastline of 116.04km in the East and shares a border of 201.87km with Laos in the West. It is the place where Hon La seaport is situated. The national Highway No.1A, Ho Chi Minh road and the north - south railways run through the province. The national road No. 12 and the provincial roads No. 20, No. 16 running from the east to the west connect the province with Laos through Cha Lo border gate and other sub-border gates.

Area : 8,055 km2

Topography: The provincial topography is narrow and sloping from the West to the East. Hilly and mountainous land occupies 85% of the natural area. The total area is divided into specific geological zones: mountainous, hilly and midland, lowland and coastal sandy area."
Population: 854,918 people (2007)

Culture and tourism potentials: Quang Binh land spreads out as a nice picture with mountains, sea, landscapes and famous spots as Ngang pass, Ly Hoa pass, Nhat Le estuary, Hac Hai lagoon, Cong Troi (Heaven gate), etc., especially, the natural heritage of Phong Nha – Ke Bang.
Quang Binh is the land of rich culture and famous people. There is an archaeological site of Bau Tro, Hoa Binh and Dong Son cultures. There are also many historical relics such as Quang Binh Quan, Luy Thay, outer walls of Trinh – Nguyen, well-known places in the wars as Cu Nam, Canh Duong, Xuan Bo, Cha Lo, Cong Troi, Gianh river, Long Dai, especially Ho Chi Minh legendary trail. This land has generated preeminent figures such as Duong Van An, Le Thanh Hau Nguyen Huu Canh, Nguyen Ham Ninh, Vo Nguyen Giap and many other outstanding people.

Transportation system: It is quite convenient to travel in/from/to Quang Binh with North-South railway route, national highway No. 1A and Ho Chi Minh route running through most of the province’s residence areas and areas which are potential for development. National highway No. 12A connects its Cha Lo – Na Phau international border gate with Middle Laos and Northern East of Thailand. Besides, the province has 116km of coastal line. Nhat Le and Gianh ports allow the circulation of 5,000 ton ships. Hon La deep water bay which can be developed into port allowing the circulation of 30,000-50,000 ton ships . Dong Hoi airport helps to support economic, tourism development.  

- Power supply system: Up to the year 2005, all communes of the province have been supplied with electricity by the national network or others, meeting the demand for socio-economic development of the province, especially for new investment projects.

- Industrial zones: The province has two industrial zones: Hon La IZ with the area of 55.8 hectares in Quang Dong, Quang Trach district, Dong Hoi Northern West IZ situated 3km from Dong Hoi city to the North.

Sectors’ development plan:
    + Agriculture-Fishery: Breeding: this will be developed with centred intensive farming and diversified domestic animals. Fishery: this will be developed to create raw materials for processing, ensuring food safety; attention will be paid to brackish, coastal as well as fresh water aquaculture, etc.

+ Industry : it is planned to reach the annual rate of 20-21% for the period 2006-2010 with focus on developing construction material production, agriculture-forestry-fishery product processing, engineering, etc., high-tech and less polluted industries, etc

Priorities will be given to:

1. Production of all kinds of cement, high quality pottery & pocerlain, glass, micro-organic fertilizers, fire-brick, glass brick, etc.
2. Agriculture-forestry-fishery product processing: rubber, pine attar, tapioca power, wooden, bamboo & neohouzeaua products, seafood processing, maize, peanut, sesame, chilly, vegetable oil, medicine, etc.
3. Production and assembly of automobile, electronics, high-tech industries, textile, footwear, etc.
4. Investment in construction of parks, sport centers (golf, stadium, volleyball, badminton, tennis, etc), hotel, supermarkets, trade centers in new urban areas and other new areas.
5. Investment in construction of beach tourism centers, eco-tourism, convalesce tours, tours along Ho Chi Minh route, other service units, hotels, restaurants in Dong Hoi city, Phong Nha-Ke Bang national park, border gate economic zone, etc.
6. Investment in construction of infrastructure of industrial zone, border gate economic zone and others, etc.
7. Handicrafts for tourism and export

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