Deputy Chiefs of the General Staff Lieutenant General Huynh Chien Thang and Lieutenant General Nguyen Van Nghia, together with representatives from functional units of the Ministry of National Defense (MND) and the General Staff, attended the event.

Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Tan Cuong speaks at the meeting.

At the meeting, Major General Tran Dinh Thang, Head of the MND’s Department of Economic Affairs, briefed delegates on the construction and development of economic-defense zones as well as activities of economic-defense units across the country.

Reportedly, the units have closely worked with local authorities and other military units stationed in the areas to carry out information dissemination, mobilize locals to observe the Party’s guideline and State’s policies.

Meanwhile, they have been actively preventing and fighting any sabotage conspiracies and activities of reactionary and hostile forces, thereby contributing to the building of great solidarity and the whole people's defense posture in important border areas of the country. So far, the units have helped local people stabilize their life and sent forces to firmly protect the national borderline.

Lieutenant General Huynh Chien Thang addresses the event.

They have also created jobs and stable incomes for tens of thousands of households in border areas, supported people to develop production and stabilize their livelihoods with practical results, contributing considerably to poverty reduction.

Since their establishment, economic-defense units have built nearly 500 traffic routes with a total length of nearly 1,500km, and hundreds of bridges and culverts. They have also invested in building power systems, schools, water supply and drainage works, markets, and cultural houses, to name a few. They have made contribution to building new-style rural areas and raising living standards of local residents.

Addressing the event, General Cuong hailed the important role and accomplishments of economic-defense units over the past time, asking them to assess the efficiency of their operations. In addition, they should also build detailed planning adjustments for economic-defense zones while closely working with local authorities to conduct other projects as planned.

Translated by Minh Anh