Lai Chau

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Department of Planning and Investment Lai Chau
Address: The 7th Floor B Zone administrative center - Lai Chau politics
The priority areas: Tourism , Industry - Construction , Services , Agriculture - forestry - fishery

Geographical location: Lai Chau is a border province located at 21051 '- 22049' north latitude; 102019 '- 103059' west longitude. Lai Chau is bounded by China to the North, by Dien Bien to the West and the South-West, by Lao Cai to the East and by Yen Bai to the South-East and by Son La to the South. It is 450km from Hanoi.

Acreage: 9112.3

Population: 382,000

Topographic: Lai Chau has a complex topography which are high and steep; more than 60% of the area are 1,000m high and more, nearly 90% of the area are over 250 steepy with many deep, narrow (V shape) valleys.

Administrative units: 1 town (Lai Chau) and 6 districts: Tam Duong, Sin Ho, Than Uyen, Tan Uyen, Phong Tho and Muong Te.

Natural resources: Feralit and alluvia are major kinds of soils found in Lai Chau. In general, the soils here are suitable for developing forestry, perennial industrial crops and cattle breeding. Besides, Lai Chau has many important minerals such as copper, lead, gold, coal in Na Sang, rare earth in Phong Tho district and Kaolin in Huoi Pha, etc.

Travel resources: Lining between Sa Pa and Dien Bien Phu which are two reputed tourist destinations, Lai Chau has large lake systems from hydroelectric power stations as well as grandiose sceneries. Moreover, Lai Chau owns a diversified culture created by 20 ethnic groups. With these advantages, Lai Chấu is considered to have a great potential for tourism development. Besides that, it is quite advantageous for the province to develop ecotourism, cultural tourism and sustainable agriculture because of having plate

Human resources: In 2010, the population of Lai Chau was just over 380,000 people, of which the number of people in working age was 198,000 (accounting for 52.3%, the percentage of trained employees was approx. 22.8%).

Traffic: Transportation is Lai Chau is rather challenging due to its difficult topography. Roadway is the major means in the province. There are 5 national highways running through the province (National highways No. 12, 32, 4D, 279, 100 with the total length of 216 km). National highway no. 12 connects Dien Bien Phu city with China (through Ma Lu Thang border gate). National 4D connects to Sa Pa town of Lao Cai province. In 2010, there were 97 communes having motorway reaching centers.

Power system: : Electricity grid was combined of different lines including 110, 35, 22, 10 and 0.4 KV and transformer systems. The 110KV line is 87km long; the 35KV line: 688km; the 22KV line: 0.16km; the 10KV line: 5.9km; the 0.4KV line: 408km. There are two 110KV substations with the total capacity of 16,000KV; a 35/6KV substation with capacity of 48.429 KVA; a 22/0.4 KV substation with capacity of 10KVA; 6 10/0.4 KV substations with the total capacity of 920KVA; a 04/10KV substation with capacity of 1,120K

Water system: Water supply works mainly meet a water demand in urban areas. In 2010, urban water supply works was installed in 5 out of 7 towns and over 80% civil population is supplied with clean water

Post and Telecommunication Systems: Communication network was improved gradually. Broadband Internet service was installed in all 7 districts of the province. There are also 68 post offices in 2010 that increases by 9.3% compared to 2005.

Systems Industrial Zone: There are 2 industries which are Muong So IZ (Phong Tho district) with 200 hectares and Tam Duong IZ (Tam Duong district) with 200 hectares.

The economic structure:

Increasing the proportion of industry, handicraft and services while decreasing that of agriculture







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The average growth of GDP was 13% per year in the period of 2006-2010. Incomes per capita was 8 billion VND per year which rose 2.5 times compared to 2005







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