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December, 18 2013 08:38:00

Deputy PM: VN prizes ties with Laos

Lao Party General Secretary and President Choummaly Sayasone receives Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (R) in Vientiane yesterday.—VNA/VNS Photos Hoang Chuong
VIENTIANE (VNS) — Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has said the Vietnamese Party, State and people always attach importance to strengthening and enhancing the special and faithful ties between Viet Nam and Laos.

Deputy PM Phuc, who is also Chairman of the Viet Nam–Laos Cooperation Sub-committee, made the remark while meeting with Lao Party General Secretary and President Choummaly Sayasone, Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong and National Assembly President Pany Yathotu in Vientiane yesterday.

He briefed the Lao leaders on the outcome of the 36th Viet Nam-Laos Inter-governmental Committee, which took place earlier the same day, saying that both sides were pleased with their work together in economics, culture, education, science and technology during the year.

Delegates also frankly pointed out limitations in several fields of bilateral co-operation and put forward measures to address the issues as soon as possible, he added.

The Lao leaders said that bilateral co-operative ties would be further developed in all fields this way, especially in economics, investment, trade and human resources training.

They pledged to create favourable conditions for Vietnamese enterprises to do business in the country.

At the 36th session of the Viet Nam-Laos Inter-governmental Committee for Economic, Cultural, Educational, Scientific and Technological Co-operation that convened in Vientiane yesterday, they also agreed to build stronger ties in all areas, giving priority to agreements reached by high-ranking Party and State leaders.

Setting specific tasks for the coming year, they agreed to continue implementing their 2008-15 economic co-operation agreement and expand bilateral trade by 20 per cent in 2014.

They also pledged to work in close partnership to ensure sustainable use of water resources in the Mekong River.

Earlier, reviewing 2013 activities, the two sides agreed that joint statements and agreements have been implemented well.

The officials also agreed that the two countries had co-operated effectively at regional and international forums.

Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong receives Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (R) in Vientiane yesterday.

They noted the close ties maintained in enhancing national defence and security, ensuring social and political stability, maintaining territorial integrity and supporting each country's development policies.

So far this year, Laos has granted investment licences to Vietnamese businesses for 12 projects worth US$138 million, pushing Viet Nam into the leading group of investors in the country with a total of 412 projects worth over $5 billion.

As of October 2013, two-way trade between the two countries had reached $817 million.

The priority given to bilateral co-operation in human resources development by both sides was stressed at the meeting.

This year, the Vietnamese Government has granted 825 scholarships to Lao officials and students, while the Lao Government has presented 48 scholarships to Vietnamese officials and students.

Positive results have also been obtained in co-operation in transportation, science and technology, information, cultural exchanges, tourism and sports, significantly contributing to consolidating and enhancing the traditional friendship and special solidarity between the two countries, the meeting heard.

They also agreed to work closely with each other in building a common border.

At the end of the session, the two sides signed an agreement on economic, cultural, educational, scientific and technological co-operation for 2014 as well as other important documents. — VNS

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