HA NOI — Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc received visiting Lao Minister of Public Works and Transport Sommad Pholsena in Ha Noi yesterday.
At the reception, Phuc applauded the visit that took place while the two countries are engaged in organising a series of activities marking the 50th anniversary of diplomatic ties and 35 years since the signing of the Viet Nam-Laos Friendship and Co-operation Treaty.
He suggested that the two countries' transport sectors strengthen co-operation and mutual consultations on bilateral and multilateral issues, especially activities to transport tourists by road and expand the East-West corridor.
For his part, Sommad Pholsena spoke highly of Vietnamese experts' assistance to Laos's transport infrastructure and development.
He suggested Viet Nam exchange professional knowledge and experience with Laos in all aspects, especially in the transport sector, as well as continue helping Laos to build its transport development plan.
Earlier, the Lao minister held talks with Vietnamese Minister of Transport Dinh La Thang during which the two sides reviewed their transport co-operation.
They noted with pleasure the results of co-operation projects, including the 2E Road project which is scheduled to be completed later this year, and the start of preliminary surveys on a route from Phuthitphong in Luang Prabang province to Naxon near Dien Bien Dong District in Viet Nam's Dien Bien Province.
The two sides have kicked off the full implementation of single-window and single-stop inspections at the Lao Bao-Densavanh border gate and are considering applying this procedure at other border gates.
In the spirit of an agreement between the two Governments on Viet Nam's Vung Ang Port signed on July 20, 2001, to boost travel and economic development along the East-West corridor, the two transport ministries have agreed to create favourable conditions for a Laos-Australia joint venture to transport refined ore from Laos for export via Vung Ang Port. — VNS