National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyễn Thị Kim Ngân meets Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith in Laos. — VNA/VNS Photo Phạm Kiên
VIENTIANE — Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith said he has a plan to meet with Vietnamese investors in Laos to seek to tackle obstacles hindering their operations.
He was talking to National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyễn Thị Kim Ngân in Vientiane yesterday after listening to the guest’s suggestion on the two Governments’ continuous co-ordination to work for the efficiency of Vietnamese-invested projects in Laos.
The Vietnamese legislator spoke highly of the Lao leader’s contributions to bilateral ties, especially in politics, the economy, trade and investment.
She informed her host of the outcome of talk with NA Chairwoman Pany Yathotou, noting agreements reached on action plans and cooperation orientations between the two legislatures in the coming time.
She also talked about a workshop where Vietnamese and Lao lawmakers exchanged experience in public debt management.
The legislator highlighted co-operation outcomes between the two countries’ ministries, agencies and localities over the years under the supervision of the two legislative bodies.
The host praised Việt Nam’s contributions to Laos’ successful organisation of the 49th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting and related meetings in July 2016.
Co-operation between fronts
Earlier yesterday, Ngân had a meeting with the Lao Front for National Construction (LFNC) Central Committee Chairman Saysomphone Phomvihane during which she said the National Assembly (NA) supported co-operation between the Việt Nam Fatherland Front (VFF) and the LFNC.
The top legislator appreciated the two fronts’ collaboration over the recent past, highlighting that their co-operation agreement for 2016-2020 will contribute to consolidating and developing the traditional solidarity, friendship and special co-operation between the two countries.
Briefing her host on the outcome of the talks with her Lao counterpart Pany Yathotou, Chairwoman Ngân said the two sides agreed upon action plans and co-operation orientations between the two countries as well as their legislative bodies in the time ahead.
For his part, Saysomphone Phomvihane stressed the need for Việt Nam and Lao to continue preserving and promoting their fruitful long-standing friendship, fostered day-by-day by generations of both countries’ leaders.
He acknowledged the great contributions of Việt Nam, especially its legislature, to Laos’ successful organisation of the 49th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting, the ASEAN Summit and related meetings.
The two fronts were unanimous on activities popularising Việt Nam-Laos solidarity and the friendship among the two countries’ youth in order to mark the 55th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties and 40 years since the signing of the Việt Nam-Laos Treaty of Friendship and Co-operation in 2017, he noted.
The LFNC would invite VFF leaders to visit Laos in late October to discuss the establishment of five advisory boards of the Lao front, he said.
Co-ordination mechanisms between the Vietnamese and Lao NAs, Governments and fronts would be established to help them perform their supervision and social criticism tasks, he added.
On the same day, the Vietnamese leader visited Sisavath Keobounphanh, former LFNC Central Committee Chairman.
Later the same day, NA Chairwoman Ngân and her entourage left Laos for Phnom Penh, Cambodia, the second leg of her tour of ASEAN countries. — VNS