|Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc meets with his Lao counterpart Thongloun Sisoulith on the sidelines of the ASEAN - Australia Special Summit in Sydney, Australia. — VNA/VNS Photo Thống Nhất|Viet Nam News
SYDNEY — Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc met with his Lao counterpart Thongloun Sisoulith on the sidelines of the ASEAN - Australia Special Summit in Sydney, Australia on Saturday morning.
The Vietnamese PM said in early February, both sides successfully held the 40th meeting of the Việt Nam-Lao Inter-Governmental Committee,during which they agreed to direct the two countries’ ministries, agencies and localities to successfully embark on the Việt Nam-Laos Co-operation Plan 2018, focusing on port, transport connectivity, trade, energy, electricity purchase for the effective and practical development of traditional friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive partnership between the two nations.
Phúc suggested Laos speed up the simplification of procedures; reduce fees for work permit, visas and residence cards for Vietnamese workers in Laos; and provide continued support for Vietnamese nationals and the establishment of overseas Vietnamese associations in Laos.
Sisoulith, for his part, promised to direct Lao ministries,agencies and localities to work closely with Vietnamese partners to promptly launch the Việt Nam-Laos Co-operation Plan 2018.
He said he would attend the sixth Greater Mekong Sub-region Summit and the 10th Cambodia-Laos-Myanmar-Việt Nam Co-operation Summit to be held in Hà Nội from March 29-31, as well as closely partner with Việt Nam and GMS countries to build and effectively realise economic co-operation programmes in the region.
On Friday afternoon (local time), Minister of Industry and Trade Trần Tuấn Anh held a working session with Minister for Trade and Industry of New South Wales state Niall Blair. Both sides discussed in detail co-operation opportunities in air transport between Vietjet and airports in New Castle and Brisbane cities. — VNS