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Quang Tri

Quang Tri province lies on the North Central Coast of Viet Nam, north of the former royal capital of Hue

Located in North Central Vietnam, Quang Tri Province is bounded by Quang Binh Province to the north, Thua Thien-Hue Province to the south, Savannakhet Province of Laos to the west, and the East Sea to the east, with 75km of seaside. Except for the narrow piedmont coastal plains, the terrain is dominated
by hills and the Annamite Mountains. The highlands, characterized by steep slopes, sharp crests, and narrow valleys, are covered mainly by a dense broadleaf evergreen forest. Most of the peaks are from 4,000 to 7,000 feet high, but some rise above 8,000 feet. The narrow coastal plains flanking the highlands on the east are compartmented by rocky headlands and consist of belts of sand dunes and, in areas where the soil is suitable, rice fields.

From the crests that mark the drainage divide in the highlands, streams flow either east towards the South China Sea or west into Laos or Cambodia. Those flowing eastward are swift and following short courses through deep narrow valleys over rocky bottoms until they reach the coastal plains, where they slow down and disperse over silty and sandy bottoms. The westward flowing streams follow longer traces, sometimes through deep canyons, other times through poorly drained valleys that, like the coastal plains in the east, are subject to seasonal flooding. Its topography consists of mountains, hills, plains, sand dunes and beaches. The long coast and complex network of rivers includes the Ben Hai, Cam Lo, Quang Tri, and Thach Han rivers offering a good potential for hydroelectricity production and aquaculture.

Area:  4,760.1 km2

Administrative units:

The province is divided into 2 towns (Dong Ha and Quang Tri towns) and 8 districts: Vinh Linh, Gio Linh, Cam Lo, Trieu Phong, Hai Lang, Huong Hoa, DaKrong and Con Co island."
Population: 626,300 (Statistics Yearbook of 2007).
"Tourism resources: The province has great potentiality for cultural & tourism development with huge number of special cultural and historical monuments, many places of interest such as Hien Luong river banks, Vinh Moc tunnels, Quang Tri ancient city, Road No. 9- Khe Xanh, Ho Chi Minh route, Sac Tu communal house, La Vang Church, Cua Tung, Cua Viet beaches, Ru Lich, Tram Loc, Dakrong primeval forests, etc.
 Human resources: Up to 31 December 2006, the province’s number of people of working age was 336,327 including 159,736 female (the province’s population was 627,077). Agricultural labourers accounted for 79.65%. Trained labourers accounted for 23.3%. The province paid attention to vocational trainings, infrastructure upgrading for these trainings. Labour export was effective with the increase in quantity and quality."
"Transportation system: Quang Tri is situated 598km from Hanoi and 1,112km from Ho Chi Minh City. There are national highway No. 1 and Ho Chi Minh route, national highway No. 9 connecting with cross-Asia road running through Lao Bao bordergate to Laos. There is North-South railway route with 7 stations running through the province. Cua Viet sea port allow the circulation of 10,000 ton ships  if upgraded.

- Water supply system: All communes, townlets, economic and industrial zones are supplied with water by plants. 85% of the population have access to clean water.

- Post and telecommunication system: all communes have been connected with power supply sytem and using telephones. 80% of households are supplied with electricity and there are 12.3 telephones per 100 people. 

- Industrial zones: The province has two industrial zones: Southern Dong Ha town IZ with the total area of 99.03 hectares and Quan Ngang IZ with the total area of 139 hectares in the first phase and 66 hectares in the next phase. "
"GDP growth rate: It is planned to reach the rate of 11- 12%, in which trade – tourism – services will account for 38-40%, Industry-construction will account for 33-35%, Agriculture-forestry-fishery will accounted for 25-27%.

- Sectors’ development plan:

    + Services: It is planned to reach the export turnover value of 55-60 million USD and the import one of 40 million USD.

    + Agriculture-Forestry-Fishery: It is planned to develop fishery to be economic strength of the province. The total fishing output is planned to reach 27,000 tons including 5,500 tons for export; the total aquaculture area is planned to be 3,500 – 4,000 hectares including 2,000 hectares of brackish aquaculture. It is planned to establish Con Co island conservation zone, make full use of fishery supporting services, processing to raise the seafood value and improve the province’s fishery infrastructure.

+ Industry: it is planned to focus on developing infrastructure of the two industrial zones, Lao Bao economic zone, industrial clusters in communes and districts, etc; complete the construction of Cam Lo cement plant with the annual capacity of 350,000 tons and of Southern Dong Ha Clinker grinding plant with the annual capacity of 250,000 tons; invest in construction of production lines of Tuynen brick, unburned bricks; complete Quang Tri hydro-electricity plant; promote energy project to be implemented in Con Co island."

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