|Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (second, left) receives Lao Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong yesterday in Da Nang. — VNA/VNS Photo Le Lam
DA NANG (VNS) — The central city has supported Laos' efforts to develop its education system and socio-economics, Lao Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong said during a working visit in Da Nang.
The Lao PM arrived in the central city yesterday, beginning his six-day visit to Viet Nam at the invitation of his Vietnamese counterpart PM Nguyen Tan Dung.
DaNang has provided scholarships for Lao students studying at colleges in the city, as well as education and investment projects in Laos itself, he said.
"I'm so happy to witness the rapid development of Da Nang," Thammavong said. "We also want to express our thanks for the Viet Nam Government's assistance during war and peace, as well as helpful support from the central city over the past several decades."
He said the delegation from Laos would learn from Da Nang experiences in administration and socio-economic development.
Speaking at the working session, Deputy PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc said he appreciated the co-operation between the city and Laos.
"Da Nang is a young and livable city in Viet Nam," he said. "The city has been changing its economic structure and human resources as part of its administrative reforms."
Secretary of the Da Nang Party Committee, Tran Tho, said the city had built relationships with provinces in southern Laos and signed assistance projects for provinces in Laos worth a total of US$2 million from 2013 to 2017. The city inked 29 Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) with cities and provinces such as Vientiane, Savannakhet, Champasak, Sekong, Salavan, Attapu, Bolikhamsay and Xaynhaburi.
"Many primary schools have been built in Attapu, Pakse and Champasak from 2013 to 2015," Tho said, adding that Da Nang has trained more than 700 students from Laos.
Da Nang has invested US$52.3 million in Laos' garment, mine ore, industrial and agricultural sectors. Last year it exported petrol, rubber and plastics to Laos worth $34.4 million.
In an investment conference in 2013, the two sides agreed to boost bilateral trade turnover to $2 billion by 2015.
In 2006, Da Nang and Savanakhet agreed to boost caravan service between Laos and Da Nang. A direct flight route between Pakse, Savanakhet and Da Nang was launched in 2012.
After Da Nang , the Lao PM will pay working visits to Quang Nam, Quang Tri, Quang Binh, Dien Bien and Son La provinces before arriving in Ha Noi to meet with leaders of the Party, State and Government on July 17 and 18. — VNS