Inter-gov’l committee’s meeting creates new momentum for Vietnam-Laos ties
Updated : Tuesday, January 08, 2019 9:24 AM (GMT+0700)

The 41stsession of the Vietnam-Laos inter-governmental committee, which took place inHanoi on January 6, would create a new momentum for bilateral cooperation,according to the Prime Ministers of Vietnam and Laos who co-chaired thesession. 

 
The Vietnamese and Lao Prime Ministers witness the signing of six cooperation agreements
between the two countries - Photo: VNA

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his Lao counterpartThongloun Sisoulith also co-chaired a press conference to publicise theoutcomes of the session.

During his stay in Hanoi on January 5 and 6, the Lao PM metwith Party General Secretary and President Nguyen Phu Trong and NationalAssembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan.

During all the meetings, the two sides reached a highconsensus on orientations of bilateral cooperation in 2019 with a focus on thekey pillars of politics, external affairs, defence, and security.

They concurred to increase experience sharing in buildingpolicies on stabilizing the macro economy and promoting sustainabledevelopment, and enhancing connectivity and supplementation between the twoeconomies, especially in transport and energy.

Besides, the two nations will coordinate to improve businessand investment environment, and transport infrastructure connectivity, whilecreating more favourable conditions for businesses and striving to expandtwo-way trade by at least 10 percent this year.

Vietnam and Laos will also continue to promote cooperation ineducation-training and human resources development.

The two countries’ localities will push ahead withpartnerships in the fields of culture, science, social affairs, information andcommunications, sports, health care, and internal and judicial matters.

The two sides agreed to strengthen coordination and mutualsupport at regional and international forums and join hands to further deepenthe cooperation and connectivity of the ASEAN Community as well as promote thebloc’s solidarity, central role, and common voice in regional strategic issues,including the East Sea matter.

They were unanimous in making effective and sustainable useof water resources in the Mekong River.

After the committee’s meeting, the two PMs witnessed thesigning of six cooperation agreements, including an agreement on cooperationplan between Vietnamese and Lao governments in 2019; the minutes of the 41stmeeting of the Vietnam-Laos inter-governmental committee; and an agreement onVietnam’s provision of 300 tonnes of rice seeds for Laos.

Vietnam’s Ministry of Education and Training and Laos’Ministry of Education and Sports inked an agreement on education cooperationplan in 2019.

The two countries also inked a minutes to transfer the radiobroadcasting project to Laos’ Savanakhet province; and another to transfer theVietnamese-language department project at Lao universities of Suphanouvong andChampasak, the Lao National University’s dormitory for international students,and the second-phase of the Laos-Vietnam Friendship High School.

Source: VNA

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