(HBO) – A delegation of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) paid a working visit to Hoa Binh province on October 5 and 6 to look into a project on building and upgrading tourism infrastructure of Hoa Binh Lake. Vice Secretary of the provincial Party Committee and Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Bui Van Khanh received the delegation.

Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Bui Van Khanh presents a painting of Hoa Binh’s cultural symbol to the ADB delegation.

Local officials briefed the ADB delegation on the local strengths and the tourism potential of Hoa Binh Lake, noting that the province is part of the Hanoi Capital Region and boasts rich natural resources, scenic landscapes and unique cultural identities of ethnic groups.

In 2016, the Prime Minister approved a general development plan for the Hoa Binh Lake national tourism area until 2030. This site is being developed into the largest tourism centre of the province and one of the 12 key national tourism areas in the northern midland and mountainous region, with activities exploring local culture and the lake’s ecosystem as its typical tourism product.

The province proposed the ADB invest in a project on building and upgrading the lake’s tourism infrastructure, including expanding 33km of a road on the right bank of the lake and upgrading Bich Ha Wharf so that it can handle 300,000 tonnes of goods and over 80,000 passengers each year. This project will need a total investment of over 90 million USD and be carried out in five years since a loan agreement for it takes effect.

Addressing the working session, Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Bui Van Khanh emphasised that it is a key project of Hoa Binh and expected to generate socio-economic benefits for local residents.

He expressed his hope for the ADB’s cooperation and that the bank will reply to Hoa Binh’s proposal soon so that the province can carry out the next steps.

On October 6, the ADB delegation made a fact-finding tour of the Hoa Binh Lake tourism area before working with relevant ministries and sectors to make the final decision./.


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