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Comparative advantages, opportunities for development

Dong Trieu is a new town, locating in the western gate of Quang Ninh province. The town’s natural land area is about 396.6 km2 and population of over 170 thousand people, with 11 ethnic groups living in 15 communes and 6 wards. Dong Trieu is a land of spiritual land and excellent people with a long tradition of patriotism and revolutionary struggle, where is the root of General Le Chan – the talented General in the period of The Trưng sisters and the original homeland of powerful Tran dynasties in the history of Vietnam. Dong Trieu town is location of the first cell establishment of the Communist Party of Vietnam in the mine area, contributing to create the indomitable, steadfast, disciplined, concentric traditions. Moreover, Dong Trieu is an important transport hub where begins roadways, waterways and railways connecting with major centers such as Hai Phong, Hai Duong, Hanoi and other provinces. In the international integration trend, locating in Northern key economic area (Hanoi - Hai Phong - Quang Ninh), and on the economic corridor Nanning - Lang Son - Hanoi - Hai Phong - Quang Ninh, Dong Trieu town has been played an increasingly important role, opening up opportunities for economic development, social culture, of which tourism economics and services is one of our strengths.
1. Advantageous geographic position
 

Dong Trieu sits at the center of Halong Bay, Haiphong, and Hanoi City, three key economic and population centers in the region. It is the western-most province in Quang Ninh province and serves as the Gateway of Quang Ninh notonly to the rest of Vietnam but also to the world as most tourists come in from Noi Bai Airport and pass through Dong Trieu on the way to world-famous Halong Bay. The advantages of its geographic location will allow it to grow its economic activity and improve the health and quality of living of its people.  National Road 18 runs through the town and provincial highways 332, 333, 345 also criss-cross the town, along with other connections via rail and rivers. Dong Trieu's strategic location at the center of three large economic centers makes Dong Trieu a key strategic location in northern Vietnam.

 
2. Natural factors

Rich in natural resources

 

Dong Trieu benefits from an abundance of natural resources. It is rich in minerals such as coal, clay, and sand, which it can leverage to produce cement, ceramics, other building materials, and energy. In addition, Dong Trieu is historically a land of great significance to the Vietnamese people, being the cultural center of the Tran Dynasty and of Vietnamese Buddhism in general. Dong Trieu has an abundance of coal reserves situated mostly in the communes of Hong Thai Tay, Hong Thai Dong, Hoang Que, Yen Tho, Trang Luong, Binh Khe and Mao Khe ward. According to the national coal master plan, Dong Trieu will remain a center of coal production into the near future, with expansion and new mines planned over the next 15 years.

The town is also rich in other natural resources, including clay, kaolin, and limestone. The clay used to produce ceramic, porcelain and tiles is distributed the communes of Binh Duong. Viet Dan, Trang An, Yen Tho, Binh Khe, Yen Duc, Kim Son, Hoang Que.  Kaolin reserves of approximately 7,000 tons also exist in Yen Duc village, but mining there stopped 10 years ago. Limestone reserves are also abundant in central Hong Thai and Yen Duc communes, and are primarily used in cement production. Tan Yen limestone quarry reserves amount to 350 million m3.

 
Rich cultural heritage of national stature
 

Dong Trieu's other key resource is its rich collection of national cultural sites, some of which hold large national significance. The Central Government has recognized the Tran dynasty historical relic in Dong Trieu Town in 2013. In addition, there are other national ranked relics such as the My Cu pagoda. The historical and cultural values of these relics create strong potential in tourism, particularly in spiritual and eco-tourism.

3. Economic strengths

Solid energy cluster

 

Historically, Dong Trieu's main economic industries are coal, construction materials, and thermal power generation, which have helped the town to achieve strong growth in recent years. Natural resource extraction accounted for 60% of the town's production output in 2013, with coal and construction materials such as clay and sand being the major resources for extraction.  In coal, businesses are concentrated upstream in the value chain, with mining and trading being the top activities. Recent developments further downstream, such as the construction of a thermal power plant, has helped to increase the value Dong Trieu can extract out of the coal chain. In construction materials, local companies currently produce low-value downstream product such as brick and tile made directly from raw materials without much processing. Higher-value end-product could potentially provide more value from these resources.

Agriculture forms the backbone of workforce employment

 

Agriculture is also a significant sector, accounting for 41% of the workforce, as of 2013. However, as most of the goods currently produced are products with lower sale values such as rice, agriculture contributes a much smaller share to Dong Trieu's total production output than to Dong Trieu's employment rates.

Genuine tourism potential

 

Furthermore, with Dong Trieu's rich cultural heritage, the town can take advantage of the increasing interest in domestic tourism when living standard is improving. Rising incomes allow domestic tourists to seek more convenient, comfortable places to stay while touring the country. Even for foreign travelers, the town holds some fascinating tourist attractions – Yen Duc village, for instance, or the various products hand-made by craft villages in the town.