Junshi Biosciences Announces New Chemical Entity Application for Toripalimab Accepted by Australia’s TGA

SHANGHAI, China, Dec. 01, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Shanghai Junshi Biosciences Co., Ltd (“Junshi Biosciences,” HKEX: 1877; SSE: 688180), a leading innovation-driven biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the discovery, development, and commercialization of novel therapies, announced that the Therapeutic Goods Administration of the Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care (TGA) has accepted the New Chemical Entity (NCE) application for toripalimab in combination with cisplatin and gemcitabine, for the first-line treatment of adults with metastatic or recurrent locally advanced nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC), and for toripalimab, as a single agent, for the treatment of adults with recurrent, unresectable, or metastatic NPC with disease progression on or after platinum-containing chemotherapy. Additionally, the TGA has also granted an orphan drug designation to toripalimab for the treatment of NPC.

This NCE application was submitted through Project Orbis, an initiative of the FDA’s Oncology Center of Excellence (OCE) that provides a collaborative mechanism and framework among the FDA and regulatory partners in other countries and regions, for concurrent submission and review of oncology drugs. At present, seven other regulatory agencies have joined Project Orbis, including the TGA, Singapore Health Sciences Authority (HSA), Health Canada (HC), MHRA, etc.

Project Orbis currently accepts applications for oncology indications. An application should generally qualify for FDA priority review, meaning that the drug must be intended to treat a serious disease and, if approved, would significantly improve the safety or efficacy of the treatment; furthermore, the drug should have a high impact and significant clinical benefits. Under the framework of Project Orbis, collaboration among international regulators may allow patients with cancer to receive earlier access to new treatments in other countries.

Toripalimab for the treatment of NPC meets these application requirements and is the first domestic oncology drug to be included in Project Orbis. Junshi Biosciences will explore the possibility of fast marketing in these countries and regions where the pathway is applicable.

NPC is a malignant tumor that occurs in the nasopharyngeal mucosal epithelium and is one of the most common types of head and neck cancer. According to the World Health Organization, the number of newly diagnosed NPC cases in 2020 exceeded 130,000 worldwide. Due to the location of the primary tumor, surgery is rarely an option, while radiotherapy alone or in combination with chemotherapy are the main treatment options for localized cancers.

This NCE application is supported by results from JUPITER-02, a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, multinational multi-center Phase III clinical study (NCT03581786), for the first-line treatment of NPC and the results from POLARIS-02, a multi-center, open-label, pivotal Phase II clinical study (NCT02915432), for second-line or more prior treatments for recurrent or metastatic NPC.

The results of JUPITER-02, the first multinational multi-center, double-blind, randomized, placebo- controlled Phase III clinical study with immuno-oncology therapy for the treatment of NPC with the largest sample size, were published at the plenary session of the 2021 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) annual meeting (#LBA2), and in Nature Medicine and the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). The results showed that compared to chemotherapy alone, toripalimab in combination with chemotherapy for the first-line treatment of metastatic or recurrent NPC significantly improved progression-free survival (PFS) and overall survival (OS), reduced the risk of disease progression or death by 48% and the risk of death by 37%, and demonstrated a manageable safety profile.

The POLARIS-02 results were published online in January 2021 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. The results showed that toripalimab demonstrated durable antitumor activity in patients with recurrent or metastatic NPC who failed previous chemotherapy, with an objective response rate (ORR) of 20.5%, a median duration of response (DoR) of 12.8 months, and a median OS of 17.4 months with a manageable safety profile.

So far, toripalimab has been approved for 6 indications in China, with 4 supplementary new drug applications (sNDA) currently under regulatory review. Internationally, it has been approved for 2 NPC indications in the US, and marketing approval applications for 2 indications in NPC and esophageal carcinoma are currently under regulatory review in the European Union and UK.

About Toripalimab

Toripalimab is an anti-PD-1 monoclonal antibody developed for its ability to block PD-1 interactions with its ligands, PD-L1 and PD-L2, and for enhanced receptor internalization (endocytosis function). Blocking PD-1 interactions with PD-L1 and PD-L2 promotes the immune system’s ability to attack and kill tumor cells.

More than forty company-sponsored toripalimab clinical studies covering more than fifteen indications have been conducted globally by Junshi Biosciences, including in China, the United States, Southeast Asia, and Europe. Ongoing or completed pivotal clinical trials evaluating the safety and efficacy of toripalimab cover a broad range of tumor types, including cancers of the lung, nasopharynx, esophagus, stomach, bladder, breast, liver, kidney, and skin.

In China, toripalimab was the first domestic anti-PD-1 monoclonal antibody approved for marketing (approved in China as TUOYI®). Currently, there are six approved indications for toripalimab in China:

  1. unresectable or metastatic melanoma after failure of standard systemic therapy;
  2. recurrent or metastatic nasopharyngeal carcinoma (“NPC”) after failure of at least two lines of prior systemic therapy;
  3. locally advanced or metastatic urothelial carcinoma that failed platinum-containing chemotherapy or progressed within 12 months of neoadjuvant or adjuvant platinum-containing chemotherapy;
  4. in combination with cisplatin and gemcitabine as the first-line treatment for patients with locally recurrent or metastatic NPC;
  5. in combination with paclitaxel and cisplatin in first-line treatment of patients with unresectable locally advanced/recurrent or distant metastatic esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC);
  6. in combination with pemetrexed and platinum as the first-line treatment in EGFR mutation-negative and ALK mutation-negative, unresectable, locally advanced or metastatic non-squamous non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).

The first three indications have been included in the National Reimbursement Drug List (NRDL) (2022 Edition). Toripalimab is the only anti-PD-1 monoclonal antibody included in the NRDL for the treatment of melanoma.

In the United States, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the Biologics License Application for toripalimab in combination with cisplatin and gemcitabine for the first-line treatment of adults with metastatic or recurrent locally advanced NPC, and for toripalimab, as a single agent, for the treatment of adults with recurrent, unresectable, or metastatic NPC with disease progression on or after platinum-containing chemotherapy in October 2023. The FDA has granted toripalimab 2 Breakthrough Therapy designations for the treatment of NPC, 1 Fast Track designation for the treatment of mucosal melanoma, and 5 Orphan Drug designations for the treatment of esophageal cancer, NPC, mucosal melanoma, soft tissue sarcoma, and small cell lung cancer (SCLC).

In Europe, marketing authorization applications (MAA) were accepted by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the United Kingdom’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) for 1) toripalimab combined with cisplatin and gemcitabine for the first-line treatment of patients with locally recurrent or metastatic NPC and 2) toripalimab combined with paclitaxel and cisplatin for the first-line treatment of patients with unresectable locally advanced/recurrent or metastatic ESCC, in December 2022 and February 2023.

In Australia, an NCE was accepted by the TGA in November 2023. The TGA has also granted toripalimab an Orphan Drug designation for the treatment of NPC.

About Junshi Biosciences

Founded in December 2012, Junshi Biosciences (HKEX: 1877; SSE: 688180) is an innovation-driven biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the discovery, development and commercialization of innovative therapeutics. The company has established a diversified R&D pipeline comprising over 50 drug candidates, with five therapeutic focus areas covering cancer, autoimmune, metabolic, neurological, and infectious diseases. Four of the company’s innovations have already reached the Chinese or international markets, one of which is toripalimab, China’s first domestically produced and independently developed anti-PD-1 monoclonal antibody, approved in China and the US. Additionally, more than 30 drugs are currently in clinical development. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Junshi Biosciences actively shouldered the social responsibilities of a Chinese pharmaceutical company through its involvement in developing etesevimab, MINDEWEI®, and other novel therapies for the prevention and treatment of COVID-19.

With a mission of “providing patients with world-class, trustworthy, affordable, and innovative drugs”, Junshi Biosciences is “In China, For Global.” At present, the company boasts approximately 3,000 employees in the United States (San Francisco and Maryland) and China (Shanghai, Suzhou, Beijing, Guangzhou, etc). For more information, please visit: http://junshipharma.com.

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PM announces Resource Mobilisation Plan to implement JETP

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh on December 1 announced a Resource Mobilisation Plan to implement the political declaration on establishing a Just Energy Transition Partnership (JETP) between Vietnam and the International Partnership Group (IPG), on the occasion of his attending the COP28 in Dubai, the UAE.

The announcement ceremony took place in the presence of President of the European Commission (EC) Ursula von der Leyen, ministers and high-level representatives of many IPG member states including the UK, Japan, Germany, Italy, Canada, Denmark, the Vice Chair of the Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero (GFANZ), along with leaders of some international organisations, financial institutions and funds.

In his remarks, the Vietnamese PM affirmed that just energy transition is decisive for Vietnam to realise its national energy development strategic orientation, with the goal of achieving net zero emissions by 2050, and people-centred sustainable development goals. He underlined that Vietnam has taken dras
tic and ambitious steps to accelerate the energy transition process.

He particularly highlighted 12 specific actions of Vietnam, including the building of many strategies, green planning, emission reduction, development of the renewable energy industry, and most recently the implementation of a project to develop 1 million hectares of high-quality rice with low emissions.

The PM asked international partners to prioritise cooperation with Vietnam in five areas of transformation: developing industrial ecosystems and services for renewable energy, energy transmission and storage, economical and efficient use of energy, green energy transition and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions of the transportation sector.

He emphasized the need for a global, people-based approach and international cooperation based on equality and mutual benefit. On that basis, PM Chinh urged relevant parties to quickly reach an agreement to translate the pledged amount of support for Vietnam worth 15.5 billion USD into breakthrough p
rojects, accelerating the just energy transition in Vietnam and contributing to ensuring a prosperous future for all people, economic growth, self-reliance and energy security of Vietnam.

Leaders of IPG member countries appreciated Vietnam’s JETP Resource Mobilisation Plan and affirmed their readiness to continue supporting Vietnam in financing, technology and governance capacity building. They noted that the plan is developed by Vietnam and is suitable with Vietnam’s needs and situation.

EC President Ursula von der Leyen said that the Resource Mobilization Plan is an important milestone in the implementation of JETP, demonstrating Vietnam’s commitment and leadership in the energy transition, and affirmed that the EU is proud to become Vietnam’s partner in this process.

The UK’s Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero emphasized that the Resource Mobilization Plan will not only help Vietnam achieve its ambitious climate and economic goals, but also provide attractive job opportunities for worke
rs from clean development, leaving no one behind. He affirmed that the UK and partner countries stand behind supporting and supporting Vietnam, according to Vietnam’s own needs.

The announcement of the Resource Mobilisation Plan is the first step to implement the JETP, contributing to the implementation of Vietnam’s national energy development strategy and the Global Declaration on Coal Power’s Transition to Clean Energy.

The same day, PM Chinh had several bilateral meetings with leaders of countries and international organisations.

Meeting with EC President Ursula von der Leyen, the PM affirmed that Vietnam always attaches importance to the partnership and comprehensive cooperation between Vietnam and the European Union (EU). Vietnam wishes the EU and member states will increase support for Vietnam in finance, technology and human resource training to cope with climate change and energy transition within the framework of the Political Declaration on the JETP.

Chinh conveyed an invitation to visit Vietnam
from Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and President Vo Van Thuong to the EC President.

He also asked the EC to push for the approval of the Vietnam-EU Investment Protection Agreement (EVIPA) by its member countries, and consider the early removal of its yellow card over IUU for Vietnam’s fishery products taking into account Vietnam’s resolve and efforts to implement EC’s recommendations on sustainable fishery development.

The EC President affirmed that Vietnam is an important partner of the EU and the EC, and welcomed the close cooperation between the two sides, typically the implementation of JETP. She highly appreciated Vietnam’s efforts in implementing the EC’s recommendations on IUU and hoped that the issue would be resolved soon.

The two sides agreed to promote close cooperation at regional and international forums.

At his meeting with Hungarian President Katalin Novak, PM Chinh proposed that the two countries further promote cooperation, particularly in economy-trade-investment and market op
ening, given the large room and potential for collaboration.

He also sought Hungary’s support in pushing for the approval of EVIPA by EU member countries and the early removal of EC’s yellow card on Vietnam’s fishery products, as well as for the stance of ASEAN and Vietnam on the East Sea issue.

President Novak stressed that Hungary values the role and position of Vietnam in general and the Vietnamese community in Hungary in particular. She affirmed Hungary’s commitment to continue granting scholarships for Vietnamese students.

The President said she hopes to early visit Vietnam and Hungary also looks forward to welcoming the Vietnamese Prime Minister to visit Hungary in 2024.

The two sides agreed to increase the exchange of delegations, local cooperation and people-to-people exchange to help deepen bilateral ties.

In another meeting, PM Chinh and Indonesian President Joko Widodo reached consensus on continued cooperation and stance coordination in ASEAN and international forums, including those on clima
te change response and energy transition.

In a dialogue with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto, PM Chinh affirmed that Vietnam attaches importance to cooperation with the country, which is an important partner of Vietnam in Northern Europe.

President Niniisto said Vietnam is a potential partner of Finland in Southeast Asia, and noted his hope that the two countries will strengthen cooperation, particularly in green transition, renewable energy and climate change response.

The two leaders agreed to promote cooperation in trade and investment, and make the best use of the Vietnam-EU Free Trade Agreement to raise bilateral trade turnover on a par with their potential.

Also on December 1, PM Chinh and his spouse met with staff members of the Vietnamese Embassy and representatives from the Vietnamese community in the UAE.

There are nearly 5,000 Vietnamese living and working in the UAE./.

Source: Vietnam News Agency

Vietnam General Confederation of Labour convenes 13th National Congress

The 13th National Congress of the Vietnam General Confederation of Labour (VGCL) for the 2023-2028 tenure opened in Hanoi on December 2, bringing together 1,100 delegates representing more than 11 million trade union members nationwide.

Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, President Vo Van Thuong and National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue, along with many senior Party, State and Government officials joined representatives of big corporations and economic groups, and international delegates at the event.

In his opening remarks, VGCL Standing Vice President Tran Thanh Hai noted that the congress is an important political event and a great festival of the working class and trade union organisations, which is expected to decide major matters relating to workers and public servants, as well as trade union operations.

Over the past five years, the Party and State issued many guidelines, policies and laws, especially the Politburo’s Resolution No. 02 dated June 12, 2021 on renovating the organisation and
operation of the country’s trade union organisation in the new situation, thus facilitating such activities, he said.

Highlighting reforms by all-level trade unions, the official said they and the working class have proven their position, role and responsibility in the cause of national industrialisation and modernisation, and international integration.

The congress will review achievements, look into shortcomings, draw lessons learned from the 2018 – 2023 term, and set out goals, tasks and solutions for the next five years, according to Hai.

VGCL President Nguyen Dinh Khang presented a report looking back on the performance by all-level trade unions, especially the VGCL, over the past five years, highlighting that they actively engaged in the process of building policies and laws to better protect the rights and interests of labourers, including pushing for raising the regional minimum wage, which has increased by 25.34% compared to the beginning of the term.

In addition, they have played the advisory ro
le in organising annual dialogues between the Prime Minister and workers, labourers’ forums chaired by the NA Chairperson, and meetings between NA deputies and workers.

Over the past five years, more than 4.4 million people have been admitted to trade unions and over 24,000 trade unions at the grassroots level have been established, Khang said, adding that multiple solutions have been taken to improve the operational quality of trade union organisations.

Addressing the congress, Party General Secretary Trong praised the efforts and achievements of workers’ movements and trade union organisations nationwide, emphasising that the trade union organisation of Vietnam has significantly contributed to strengthening the Vietnamese working class.

The leader asked the VGCL to be fully aware of its missions as a political-social organisation operating in a socialist-oriented market economy under the leadership of the Party and the management of the State. Therefore, it should continue coordinating with the State, ag
encies and organisations in the political system and employers to better ensure the legitimate rights and interests of labourers.

He also stressed the need to further revamp the communication work and personnel training in order to build a strong, modern working class, saying that trade union organisations should help each trade union member and labourer gain deeper awareness of the Party, the regime, the class, the trade union organisation, and citizen responsibilities, thus making greater efforts in studying and working, and actively participating in emulation movements. At the same time, trade unions at all levels must well perform their role as the representative of working people, taking care of and protecting their legal and legitimate rights and interests.

Pointing to the complex domestic and global economic situation, which has affected job stability and income of labourers, the Party chief urged the VGCL to pay more attention to building long-term welfare programmes in support of trade union member
s and labourers, especially those in difficult circumstances.

With the emergence of new employment forms and relations, all-level trade unions must adapt their organisational models, as well as the goals and methods of operation to the needs and aspirations of labourers, he said.

The leader reminded trade unions of their role in the building of the Party and political system, supervisions, social criticism, and the fight against corruption and other negative phenomena.

To meet requirements in the new situation, it is a must to further reform trade union activities and enhance the quality of trade union officials, he said, urging more attention from Party agencies, Party organisations, authorities and organisations to the work.

Trong expressed his belief that the trade union organisation, the working class and labourers of Vietnam will make new strides in the 2023-2028 tenure, significantly contributing to the cause of reform, and national industrialisation and modernisation./.

Source: Vietnam News Agen

CPV, Argentina’s political parties enhance communication exchange

A delegation from the Communist Review, the theoretical organ of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Central Committee, paid a working visit to Argentina from November 25 to December 1 to seek measures enhancing collaboration in communication work with major political parties in the South American country.

At working sessions with the Communist Party of Argentina (PCA) and the Justicialist Party (PJ), Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the Communist Review Nguyen Ngoc Ha briefed the hosts about the CPV and Vietnam’s achievements in the recent past.

Introducing the Communist Review’s publications, Ha expressed his wish to set up regular and stable channels to exchange views on issues of mutual concerns with the two parties.

Ha agreed with a recommendation that the Communist Review and the information and communications departments of the PCA and PJ increase the use of each other’s news to serve the popularisation work.

For their parts, leaders from the PCA and PJ spoke highly of the sound relations with the CPV,
and said they want to get a deeper insight into Vietnam’s political-economic situation, especially the country’s renewal process.

During their stay in Argentina, the delegation visited the Vietnam Square, paid floral tribute to President Ho Chi Minh at his statue, and had meetings with the Argentine Council for International Relations and the Argentina – Vietnam Culture Institute./.

Source: Vietnam News Agency

Hanoi conference looks into Vietnam-US relationship

A conference on 10 years of the Vietnam-US comprehensive partnership in retrospect and prospects of the comprehensive strategic partnership for peace, cooperation and sustainable development was jointly held in Hanoi on December 2 by the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations (VUFO) and the US Embassy in Vietnam.

VUFO President Phan Anh Son reviewed major strides in the bilateral relationship across all spheres after nearly 30 years of normalising relations and establishing diplomatic relations, and 10 years of establishing the comprehensive partnership.

In the fields of politics and diplomacy, many high-level visits have been made, he said, noting that each of them marked new steps forward and opened up new cooperation stages.

Notably, two-way trade stood at 123 billion USD last year, up more than 270 times from 1995, and the figure reached 61 billion USD in the first seven months of this year, he continued.

Son also took note of positive outcomes in bilateral cooperation in national defence and secu
rity, especially in the settlement of war consequences, handling non-traditional security challenges, and ensuring security and safety of navigation and overflight in the East Sea.

In culture, and education-training, he said the two countries have launched more than 10 exchange programmes, and the number of Vietnamese students in the US has grown to nearly 30,000 this year from only 800 in 1995.

Over the past more than 10 years, the US has provided Vietnam with aid worth over 1.8 billion USD and held many cooperation activities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, he said, adding that the two sides have also coordinated increasingly closely at regional and global forums, and in addressing many global issues.

People-to-people exchange activities have changed in both content and methods of operation, contributing to creating a favourable, broad and solid social foundation for the relations between the two states to further develop, he continued.

Son laid emphasis on the upgrade of the relationship to a com
prehensive strategic partnership for peace, cooperation and sustainable development on September 10, 2023, which, he said, has opened up a new period for the bilateral friendship and cooperation.

He attributed such achievements to continuous efforts by both nations in ‘shelving the past, overcoming differences, promoting similarities and looking toward the future.’

For his part, US Ambassador Marc E. Knapper stressed that the comprehensive partnership has grown fruitfully over the past decade, as marked by the Vietnam visit by President Joe Biden this year, and the establishment of the comprehensive strategic partnership for peace, cooperation and sustainable development.

The US is fully confident in and respects Vietnam’s political system and territorial integrity, and is proud to be Vietnam’s partner and work together with the country to achieve common goals and ensure security and prosperity for their people, he said./.

Source: Vietnam News Agency

Vietnam, China to deepen comprehensive strategic cooperation partnership

Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Central Committee and head of its Commission for External Relations Le Hoai Trung met with Politburo member, Director of the Communist Party of China Central Committee’s Foreign Affairs Commission Office and Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi in Hanoi on December 2.

The two sides highly valued positive results in the relations between the two Parties and the countries, especially important achievements during the 15 years since the establishment of the bilateral comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership and after the China visit by Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong in October 2022.

Trung affirmed the high regard and top priority that the Vietnamese Party and State attach to the Vietnam-China relationship, and emphasised the long-term strategic orientation significance of the relations between the two Parties and their top leaders to the development of the Vietnam-China relationship in the new period.

Wang, for his part, stated that the Party,
State and people of China attach great importance to the friendly neighbourliness and comprehensive cooperation with their Vietnamese counterparts, and consider developing the bilateral relations a priority in China’s neighbouring diplomacy.

The official expressed his belief that with the orientations mapped out by the top leaders, the two sides will overcome all challenges, push ahead with national development, and contribute to the world socialist movement, for peace, stability, cooperation and development in the region and the world.

Host and guest discussed and agreed on many measures to effectively realise high-level common perceptions, and constantly deepen the comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership of Vietnam and China./.

Source: Vietnam News Agency

Tree planting marks 50th anniversary of Vietnam – Finland ties

A tree planting day was organised at Cuc Phuong National Park in the northern province of Ninh Binh on December 2 to mark the 106th anniversary of Finland’s Independence Day (December 6) and the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam-Finland diplomatic relations (January 25).

The event, organised by the Vietnam – Finland Friendship Association (VFFA) and the Vietnam National University of Forestry, saw the attendance of Finnish Ambassador to Vietnam Keijo Norvato, representatives from the Party Central Committee’s Commission for External Relations, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and many organisations and businesses having cooperation with Finland.

President of the VFFA Tran Van Chu congratulated Finland on its great achievements over the past years, with stable political institution, prosperous economy, and particularly green development path. He said the tree planting event is also intended to acknowledge Finland’s help for Vietnam, especially in green growth and pro
tection of water and forest resources.

Touching on the bilateral relations, Chu said that besides the Party and State’s external activities, people-to-people exchange has become a channel that helps enhance mutual understanding, promote effective multi-faceted cooperation and create a strong foundation to develop the bilateral ties.

Meanwhile, Finnish Ambassador to Vietnam Keijo Norvato said over the past five decades, Vietnam and Finland have developed together and become a reliable friend of each other.

He added that tree planting is an inspiring activity and demonstrates the two countries’ resolve to respond to climate change.

Participants at the event committed to continuing support and creating favourable conditions to promote mutual understanding between the two peoples, and promoting collaboration, especially in the fields of forest protection./.

Source: Vietnam News Agency

Visit Vietnam Year 2024 will highlight Dien Bien Phu victory

The Visit Vietnam Year 2024 hosted by the northern mountainous province of Dien Bien will feature cultural, economic, and social events associated with the 70th anniversary of the Dien Bien Phu victory (May 7, 1954 – 2024), according to the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism.

The events will introduce and promote the beauty, cultural values, and unique tourism products of Vietnam and Dien Bien in particular to visitors.

The opening ceremony and the Ban Flower Festival, highlighting the symbolic flower of the province, will be organised in March in Dien Bien Phu city. They will be broadcast live by the Vietnam Television.

Meanwhile, the closing ceremony is scheduled for the end of December, featuring a stellar art programme and flag handover to the next host locality of the Visit Vietnam Year.

In the framework of the Year, a total of 28 events will be held in Dien Bien, while the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism will chair and coordinate with stakeholders to organise 13 other activities.

n Bien has set a target of welcoming 1.3 million tourists and earning a total revenue of 2.2 trillion VND (over 90.6 million USD) from tourism activities in 2024.

Dien Bien is striving to create breakthroughs in tourism development, through improving the quality of tourism services and human resources serving tourism, organising new tours, and investing in infrastructure development, thus creating motivation for its socio-economic development in the coming time.

The National Tourism Year 2024 will also offer a chance to strengthen links in domestic and international tourism development.

As a land with significant historical and cultural value, for the past 69 years, Dien Bien has preserved and promoted the value of the Dien Bien Phu historical site, contributing to making it an attractive tourist destination.

The Dien Bien Phu Campaign lasted from March to May 1954 under the command of General Vo Nguyen Giap. The victory on May 7, 1954, led to the signing of the 1954 Geneva Accords in which France agreed
to withdraw forces from its colonies in Indochina.

The former battlefield has become a major tourist attraction in Dien Bien province.

The complex of Dien Bien Phu battlefield features 45 relic sites scattering in Dien Bien Phu city, Dien Bien and Tuan Giao districts.

According to statistics, from 2016 to 2020, Dien Bien welcomed 3 million tourists, earning a total revenue of 4.8 trillion VND.

Dien Bien has achieved unprecedented economic growth, resulting in significant improvement of the cultural and social well-being of its residents.

The locality’s Gross Regional Domestic Product (GRDP) expanded by an average 6.8% per year in the 2016-20 period./.

Source: Vietnam News Agency