The request was made by Ho Duc Viet, Politburo member and Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Central Committee, during his working visit to Kon Tom province on March 26. Mr Viet, who is also head of the CPV central organisation commission, praised Kon Tom’s efforts in boosting agricultural production, improving living conditions of local people, developing key economic zones and accelerating infrastructure development in order to make full use of the province’s advantages. He also pointed out some shortcomings in the quality of officers, particularly female ethnic officers. The Government is investing in building Ho Chi Minh route and upgrading National Highway No.24 to connect Kon Tum province to central coastal provinces. Furthermore, National Highway No.40 is under construction to link Kon Tum to the Bo Y international border gate, thus helping the province to boost socio-economic development and expand cooperation with other provinces and foreign localities, he said. On the occasion, Mr Viet and representatives from the Bac Ninh-based Ha Na Ka Group also donated VND250 million for Dak To district’s ethnic boarding school and a vocational training school in Kon Tum.