Fifth Vietnam-Laos People Friendship Festival Successfully Wraps Up

A number of events have been held within the framework of the festival, including a conference on friendship activities between Vietnam and Laos, visits to a number of revolutionary historical sites and delivery of gifts to disadvantaged people in border areas.

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Fifth Vietnam-Laos People Friendship Festival Successfully Wraps Up
An art performance at the closing ceremony of the festival. Photo: VNT

A ceremony was held in Laos’s Savannakhet province on September 29 to wrap up the fifth Vietnam-Laos People Friendship Festival and celebrate the Vietnam-Laos, Laos-Vietnam Friendship and Solidarity Year, the 60th founding anniversary of diplomatic relations and the 45th of the signing of the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation between the two countries, VNA reported.

Addressing the event, Lao Minister of Technology and Communications Boviengkham Vongdara, who is also President of the Laos-Vietnam Friendship Association, highlighted the great friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between the two countries, which have been growing despite complicated developments in the world and regional situation.

He underlined that the fifth Vietnam-Laos People Friendship Festival was a success, giving a chance for both sides to meet and review their cooperation and mutual support tradition from the past struggle for national independence to the current cause of national development.

Fifth Vietnam-Laos People Friendship Festival Successfully Wraps Up
Delegates at the fifth Vietnam-Laos People Friendship Festival. Photo: VNT

For his part, President of the Vietnam-Laos Friendship Association Tran Van Tuy expressed his belief that people’s organizations of Vietnam and Laos will continue to work hard together to organize more practical activities to enhance public awareness, especially among youngsters, of the tradition and the significance of the ties between the two countries as a unique relationship in the world history.

It is necessary to continue to connect Vietnamese and Lao people, businesses and youths and encourage them to join hands in maintaining, reinforcing and developing the great friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between the two nations, thus contributing to the sustainable development in each country, he said.

The fifth Vietnam-Laos People Friendship Festival, which took place from September 27-30 in Quang Tri province of Vietnam and Savannakhet province of Laos, was jointly organised by the Laos-Vietnam Friendship Association and the Vietnam-Laos Friendship Association.

Many activities were held within the festival’s framework, including presenting gifts to the needy in border areas of the two countries, visiting museums, and paying tribute to late leaders of the two countries and heroic martyrs.

Fifth Vietnam-Laos People Friendship Festival Successfully Wraps Up
Lao Minister of Technology and Communications Boviengkham Vongdara, who is also President of the Laos-Vietnam Friendship Association speaks at the closing ceremony. Photo: VNA
Fifth Vietnam-Laos People Friendship Festival Successfully Wraps Up
Delegation participating in the 5th Vietnam – Laos People’s Friendship Festival met at Dansavanh border gate (Laos). Photo: VNT
Fifth Vietnam-Laos People Friendship Festival Successfully Wraps Up
Delegates offer incense in front of heroes and martyrs at Truong Son Cemetery (Quang Tri province). Photo: VNT

On the same week, in Vientiane, Vietnamese and Lao education-training leaders, representatives from 50 universities and 55 agencies as well as teachers and students gathered at a forum on September 29 to discuss cooperation between the two countries in enhancing training quality.

The event aims to review cooperation between the two countries in the field, creating a chance for education-training facilities and management agencies to introduce achievements and give recommendations for the improvement of tertiary training quality of both countries.

In the 2011-2021 period, Vietnam received nearly 30,000 Lao students. In the 2011-2020 period, Vietnam trained 1,196 officials and teachers of Laos through 44 courses in Vietnam with durations from 2-9 months.

In order to strengthen collaboration in the field, Vietnam and Laos have signed an agreement on a project to enhance the quality and efficiency of bilateral education and human resources cooperation in the 2021-2030 period, which gives specific measures to improve the quality of training activities for Lao students in the period.

At the forum, 24 memoranda of understanding were signed between Vietnamese and Lao education management agencies, universities and colleges.

Also on September 29, the Vietnamese Ministry of Education and Training in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Sports of Laos held a Vietnam-Laos education exhibition 2022.

Hannah Nguyen