VIENTIANE – Two leading Long Thanh-Vientiane Special Economic Zone officials have been awarded the Friendship Medal by the Lao government for their contribution to socio-economic development worth nearly US$5 million in the country.
Le Van Kiem, president of the management board, and general director Tran Cam Nhung of the Long Thanh-Vientiane Special Economic Zone yesterday received the award from Lao Deputy Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith.
Speaking at the awards ceremony, the deputy prime minister said he highly valued the two men's contribution to boosting trade in the area. He also pointed out that Kiem and Nhung had responded quickly to appeals from Japan for aid to help victims of the earthquake and tsunami in March 2011. Kiem alone, who served as a volunteer soldier in Laos during the American War, donated $216,000 to the Japanese victims.
Thongloun said he hoped construction work on the economic would be completed on schedule.
Kiem thanked the Lao Government for creating favourable conditions for investment co-operation in the country and said he would continue to be actively involved in social projects and charity work in Laos that he hoped would contribute to developing special relations between the two countries. - VNS