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Official Gazette

Wednesday, June 7, 2023

Bac Kan province determined to take off with great forestry, tourism potential

Updated: 09:00’ - 10/06/2022
“Bac Kan pursues a selective investment attraction policy with priority given to large, potential investors and large-scaled, quality and efficient projects with spillover effects. The province will restrict intensive land use projects with low added value, and completely refuse energy intensive and polluting projects and projects transferred to be manufactured in the third countries to avoid taxes,” said Vice Chairman of the Bac Kan People’s Committee Dinh Quang Tuyen.

Ba Be lake__Photo: Thanh Dat/VNA

Covering 4,860 square kilometers, Bac Kan province is bordered by Cao Bang province in the north, Thai Nguyen province in the south, Lang Son province in the east and Tuyen Quang province in the west.

The provincial authorities have paid special attention to transport infrastructure facilities in order to create an effective road network connecting all potential tourism spots in the province by 2025. Over the recent years, the province has upgraded a section of provincial road 258 running through the Ba Be national park, build road routes for tourism to Ba Be lake and the Quang Khe - Khang Ninh road in Ba Be district. More than VND 7 trillion (USD 291.6 million ) have been poured in building road infrastructure during the 2021-25 period in addition to the five existing national highways running through the province. A 28-kilometer Cho Moi-Bac Kan expressway is expected to be constructed at a cost of some VND 2.285 billion (USD 95.2 million). The construction of a 39-kilometer road linking the Bac Kan city with Ba Be lake which has been carried out at a projected cost of over VND 2,300 billion (USD 95.8 million) may help shorten the travelling time from Hanoi to the province to just two hours and to Ba Be lake to under three hours.

The province has also planned to build a tourist road route linking the Ba Be lake to the Na Hang eco-tourism area in northern Tuyen Quang province and two routes circling Ba Be lake at a total cost of VND 3 trillion (USD 125 million). In 2022, the province will invest VND 100 billion (USD 4.1 million) in building urban transport infrastructure facilities and roads for tourism in seven districts.

The Bac Kan and Cao Bang provincial authorities have recently proposed to the Prime Minister for approval the construction of a 90-kilometer Bac Kan-Cao Bang expressway.

Apart from investment in infrastructure construction, the Bac Kan authorities have constantly improved the local investment climate. This helps the province jump 11 places to 48th in the 2021 Provincial Competitiveness Index (PCI) ranking and 15 places to 17th in the 2020 Satisfaction Index of Public Administration Services (SIPAS). However, despite its high scores in public service provision and public administration procedure dimensions, the province fell from the high average group to the low average group in the 2021 Provincial Governance and Public Administration Performance Index (PAPI) ranking.

The province, one of the most disadvantaged northern mountainous provinces in the country, has so far attracted four foreign direct investment projects capitalized at a total of USD 7.9 million. They include a Japan-invested farm produce-processing project and a China-invested timber processing project located Thanh Binh industrial park - the first one in the province. Two other projects which are invested by Taiwan (China) and located outside in Thanh Binh industrial park are specialized in tea plant growing and timber processing.

To create a “clean” ground fund for foreign investors, apart from the existing 16-hectare Huyen Tung industrial cluster (in Bac Kan city) which is calling for secondary investors, the province has been building Van Muong (in Na Ri district), Chu Huong (in Ba Be district) and Nam Bang Lung (in Cho Don district) industrial clusters with a total investment of over VND 200 billion. Ground clearance has been accelerated for the construction of two more industrial clusters in Cho Moi and Bach Thong districts.
Provincial facts
Land area: 4,860
Administrative units: Bac Kan city and seven districts of Ba Be, Bach Thong, Cho Don, Cho Moi, Na Ri, Ngan Son and Pac Nam
Population: 313,905 (the 2019 statistics)
Ethnic groups: 34 ethnic minority groups make up 88.2 percent of the province’s population, mainly Tay (59.7 percent) and Dao (20.3 percent), and five other ethnic minority groups of H’Mong, San Chay, Hoa, Muong and San Diu. The Kinh (Viet) account for only 11.98 percent.
Socio-economic figures:
The rate of poor households: 17.02 percent
Import-export turnover: USD 34.2 million (in 2021)
Gross regional domestic product growth rate: 3.73 percent (in 2021)
Farm produce bearing geographical indications:
+ Vermicelli
+ Seedless persimmon
+ Tangerine
Famous tourist attractions:
+ Ba Be lake
+ Ba Be national park (a national historical and cultural relic site, a world natural heritage site recognized by UNESCO, the 1,938th Ramsar site in the world)
+ Ba Be - Na Hang natural heritage
+ Hua Ma cave (338 meters long and 56 meters deep with impressive stalactites of various sizes and shapes) 
+ Tham Phay cave (about 6 kilometers long with stalactites and stalagmites of vivid shapes)
+ Then singing of the Tay, Nung and Thai (an intangible cultural heritage of humanity recognized by UNESCO)
+ Sli singing of the Nung (a national intangible cultural heritage)
- Tourists received: 105,000 in 10 months of 2021 (due to COVID-19 pandemic’s impacts)
- Tourist accommodations: 228 hotels, guest houses, homestays
- Festivals:
+ Tai Khoan festival - a longevity celebration of the Nung
+ Mu La spring festival of the H’Mong
+ Phu Thong long tong festival - a ritual to commemorate a mandarin who helped local people defeat invaders
+ Long Tong festival of Pjoo village - a unique farming ritual of the Tay and Nung to pray for good weather and bumper crops
During the 2021-22 period, the Bac Kan Department of Planning and Investment expects to call for investment in 16 projects on agriculture, forestry, tourism, trade and services.

In 2022, Bac Kan will make the best use of foreign investment capital flows into Southeast Asian nations and trade agreements that Vietnam has signed to attract investors from Japan, the Republic of Korea, Singapore and Taiwan (China). It is luring investment in farm produce processing, afforestation and timber processing projects based on the development of farm produce processing chains and in large-scale projects on construction of trade, entertainment and sport complexes and hotels. In the meantime, the provincial authorities have shown their determination to revoke investment licenses of inefficient and suspended projects.

With rich and unique natural resources and landscapes, Bac Kan province is an ideal place for scientific research and various types of tourism such as ecotourism, adventure tourism, and community-based tourism. The local authorities have set goals of turning Ba Be tourism zone into a national tourism zone and Nam Cat lake tourism zone into a provincial tourism zone and creating at least one tourist spot in Bac Kan city and every district by 2025, and turning the hospitality sector into a spearhead economic sector by 2030.

From now through 2025, the province will organize farm-trip and press-trip programs to promote Bac Kan tourism and hold tourism promotion conferences in Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh City for introducing its tourism potential with the message “Bac Kan - safe, friendly and attractive destination” at national, regional and international tourism events.

The hospitality sector hopes to receive 630,000 tourist arrivals and earn a gross profit of VND 441 billion (USD 18.3 million) this year. The number of tourist arrivals is expected to reach 764,000 and the tourism turnover will be VND 611 billion (USD 25.4 million) in 2023.

To achieve those targets, the sector will focus on luring strategic and experienced investors to invest in large-scale tourism service projects, including luxurious tourism zones, tourism accommodations and entertainment facilities, and encouraging tourism businesses to open new travel routes and diversify tourism products.

In the coming time, the province will develop “smart tourism” services, bring into full play its cultural and heritage values, advertise local tourism products and coordinate with other localities in developing sustainable tourism.

According to Director of the Bac Kan Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism Ha Van Truong, the Department will continue offering diverse and unique tourism products and working with local hotels and restaurants in updating data to the provincial tourism portal. It will also advise the provincial People’s Committee on digital transformation in the hospitality sector, he added.-


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