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VN, Laos to boost co-operation in transport sector

Update: August, 23/2015 - 00:00
Caption: The transport ministries of Viet Nam and Laos affirmed close co-operation in all aspects of the transport sector at a bilateral ministerial meeting in Ha Noi. — Photo mt.gov.vn

HA NOI (VNS) — The transport ministries of Viet Nam and Laos affirmed close co-operation in all aspects of the transport sector at a bilateral ministerial meeting in Ha Noi on Saturday.

Vietnamese Minister of Transport Dinh La Thang said the visit of Laos Transport Minister Bounchanh Sinthavong to attend the 70th anniversary of Vietnamese sector confirmed comprehensive co-operation between the two ministries.

Thang and Sinthavong reviewed co-operation in the transport sector between the two countries in recent times and defined the tasks for the future. 

They agreed to promote transport infrastructure connectivity between the two countries through early signing of the Viet Nam-Laos memorandum of understanding (MoU) on co-operative strategy in transport in the 2016-25 period, with a vision towards 2030.

They also discussed the opening of a transnational transport route connecting Viet Nam's central Ha Tinh Province and Laos' Khammouane Province and Nakhon Phanom Province in Thailand. 

They pledged to promptly complete the investment research of a railway project linking Vientiane–Tha Khet (Laos) and Mu Gia-Tan Ap–Vung Ang (Viet Nam), while closely working on the pre-feasibility study of a highway route between Vientiane–Pac San (Laos) and Thanh Thuy (Viet Nam).

Minister Sinthavong said Laos appreciated Viet Nam's timely help and advice on transport projects of Laos.

He wanted more sharing of experiences by the Vietnamese transport ministry in developing and managing transport projects, especially those under public-private partnership contracts.

On behalf of the Laos Government, Minister Sinthavong presented the Independent Order, first class, to the Vietnamese Ministry of Transport; the Independent Order, second class, to Minister of Transport Dinh La Thang; and the Labour Order, first class, to Deputy Minister Le Dinh Tho, in honour of their contribution to the development of two countries' transport sectors. — VNS

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