According to information from the Ministry of Industry and Trade, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Tran Quoc Khanh has signed a document to the People's Committees of Quang Ninh, Lang Son, Cao Bang, Ha Giang, Lao Cai, Lai Chau, and Dien Bien provinces on coordination to handle arising issues related to cross-border import and export activities.
Accordingly, on April 3, 2020, the Embassy of Vietnam in China sent a telegram to the ministries, branches and People's Committees of the northern border provinces about the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China having a diplomatic note announcing that the Chinese side will strengthen management, apply border tightening measures, and restrict entry at border areas between Vietnam and China in the near future to prevent and control COVID-19.
The Chinese side also proposed the establishment of a mechanism to prevent cross-border epidemic on China - Vietnam, chaired by the provincial governments (autonomous regions) of the two countries' border; The foreign agencies, border-gate customs, medical quarantine, immigration check, border guards, etc. of the two sides would join together to enhance cooperation between the two sides in information sharing, coordinating policies, handling unexpected cases in epidemic prevention.
Facing China's new policies, the Ministry of Industry and Trade proposed that the People's Committees of the provinces continue to strictly implement the Prime Minister's instructions and the Ministry of Health's guidance on the quarantine of border medical for the prevention of COVID-19 for vehicles and drivers of means of transporting goods at border gates, railways, seaports, and airports.
In addition, the Ministry also directed departments, branches, functional forces in the province to closely monitor, update the situation of import and export, transportation of goods through border gates, policies, management measures of the provincial government (autonomous region) in China; and promptly discuss with the Ministry of Industry and Trade to coordinate in handling arising issues.
Previously, on March 31, 2020, the Ministry of Industry and Trade sent documents to the Consul General of Vietnam in Nanning and Kunming, China on coordination to remove difficulties for activities of importing and exporting goods across the Vietnam - China border.
The Ministry of Industry and Trade has proposed that the Consulate General to work with the authorities of Guangxi and Yunnan to discuss some ideas about the coordination of work, strictly and fully implementing measures to control and prevent diseases while also ensuring that there is no excessive disruption to trade activities between the two Parties, helping the business community to soon restore production and business activities in the current context of the global and regional economy facing many difficulties and challenges.
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