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VN, Laos focus on poverty and rural affairs

Update: June, 26/2013 - 09:56

DAK LAK (VNS)— Viet Nam and Laos have vowed to further promote their co-operation in sustainable poverty alleviation and rural development.

The agreement, which focuses on Tay Nguyen (Central Highlands) and southern provinces of Laos, was concluded at a meeting held yesterday in Buon Ma Thuot Province by the Vietnamese Steering Committee and the Laos Steering Committee for Poverty Reduction and Rural Development.

The comprehensive co-operation in the past between Central Highland Provinces and the Lao provinces of Attapeur, Sekong, Salavan and Champasak, has recorded notable progress, particularly in trade, investment, socio-economic development and national defence and security.

Addressing the meeting, Tran Viet Hung, deputy chairman of the Standing Board of the Tay Nguyen Steering Committee said dozens of Tay Nguyen enterprises have invested in major projects in wood processing, sugar, fertiliser and industry in southern Laos.

"At this time. they have planted more than 49,000ha of rubber there" Hung said.

"Vietnamese investors have generated a lot of employment for Lao workers and given them regular vocational or technical training courses."

Savan Sihavong, deputy chairman of the Laos Steering Committee, expressed his high appreciation for Viet Nam's precious support to his country.

He said that he hoped the partnership between the provinces would further develop.

After signing the agreement, Hung pledged to further promote rural poverty alleviation programmes along the Laos-Viet Nam border regions. He also promised to help Laos with human resources training. — VNS


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