At the meeting, Deputy PM Hue commended the results recorded by the northern province in the past year and urged Lai Chau to continue implementing comprehensive measures so as to realise the goals set at the provincial Party congress. He elaborated that the province needs to further restructure its agriculture and attract more investment in the sector, and to pay attention to forestry development and increase forest coverage. The Deputy PM added that Lai Chau province should focus to capitalise on the Ma Lu Thang border checkpoint to increase border trade. At the meeting, Hue also instructed the ministries and agencies concerned to arrange resources for investment in mountainous and ethnic regions. The Ministry of Transport was specifically required to work with Lai Chau to soon finalise the procedures to start constructing a highway connecting the Noi Bai-Lao Cai Expressway and the province. On the same day, Deputy PM Hue also visited Sin Suoi Ho border guard station and a cultural tourism village in Phong Tho district.