Vietnamese, Lao Provinces Strengthen Cooperation in Various Fields

Leaders of Quang Tri, Savannakhet and Salavan provinces signed a cooperation agreement for the period 2023 - 2025 with the main contents including political and foreign relations, cooperation on military, security and border, investment, trade and tourism, education and training, human resource development and other fields.

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Overview of the talks. Photo: M.Đ
Overview of the talks. Photo: M.Đ

Senior officials of central Quang Tri province and Laos’ Savannakhet and Salavan provinces held talks in the Vietnamese locality’s Dong Ha city on December 27, during which they signed cooperation agreements in various fields for the period 2023-2025, VNA reported.

This was an activity to mark the 60th founding anniversary of Vietnam-Laos diplomatic relations (September 5), and 45 years since the signing of the Vietnam-Laos Treaty of Amity and Cooperation (July 18).

The conference focused on comprehensively reviewing and assessing the results of the agreements between Quang Tri Province and Savannakhet, Salavan provinces for the period 2020-2022; discussing and agreeing on cooperation contents and plans for the period 2023-2025. Thereby, the sides will continue to maintain and develop sustainably the friendship, improve the quality and effectiveness of cooperation in all fields.

In the cooperation agreement between Quang Tri and Savannakhet, the two sides agreed to continue strengthening political relations and exchanging delegations at all levels; coordinate in communications to raise public awareness about the importance of the shared border line and border markers, in preventing and promptly handling all violations of the regulations on border management and protection, and illegal migration activities in the border areas.

At the same time, searching and repatriating remains of Vietnamese volunteer soldiers and experts who died in Savannakhet province.

Leaders of Quang Tri, Savannakhet and Salavan provinces sign cooperation agreements for 2023-2025. Photo: M.Đ
Leaders of Quang Tri, Savannakhet and Salavan provinces sign cooperation agreements for 2023-2025. Photo: M.Đ

The two sides agreed to coordinate in completing a project on building the Lao Bao – Densavan joint cross-border economic and trade zone, and submit it to competent authorities of the two countries for permission to pilot implementing it; and ensure smooth and convenient implementation of entry and import and export activities through the Lao Bao – Densavan international border gate pair.

Meanwhile, in the cooperation agreement between Quang Tri and Salavan, the two sides agreed to ensure smooth and convenient implementation of entry and exit, and import and export activities through the La Lay international border gate, study and propose the two Governments to allow the construction of La Lay – La Lay border economic zone; and propose the Governments to agree on and coordinate in the implementation of an economic corridor connecting Quang Tri province with southern provinces of Laos and Thailand through La Lay international border gate to My Thuy deep-water seaport on National Highway 15D.

Speaking at the event, Secretary of Quang Tri’s Party Committee Le Quang Tung stressed that the success of the talks is an important motivation to raise cooperation between the three localities to a new height.

Many collectives and individuals with their achievements and contributions in fostering friendly relations between the three localities of Quang Tri, Savannakhet, and Salavan were honored at the event.

Leaders of Thua Thien-Hue and Salavan sign cooperation agreement for 2022-2026. Photo: VNA
Leaders of Thua Thien-Hue and Salavan sign cooperation agreement for 2022-2026. Photo: VNA

Also on December 27, a high-ranking delegation of Salavan led by Phoxay Xayyason, member of the Lao Party Central Committee, Secretary and Governor of the province, paid a working visit to Thua Thien-Hue province.

On this occasion, the two provinces’ leaders signed a cooperation agreement for 2022-2026. The two sides agreed to continue intensifying bilateral friendship and cooperation in politics, diplomacy, defence, security and border, economics, education and training, culture, tourism and health.

In the 2022 – 2026 period, Thua Thien – Hue province will support Salavan in building a friendship cultural house worth VND 8 billion (USD 339,000) and consider this as a meaningful project to celebrate the Vietnam – Laos Friendship Year 2022.

Earlier, on December 23, Phu Tho province symbolically handed over a VND-10-billion centre for malaria prevention, control, and treatment as a gift for Luang Namtha province.

Since 1979, Phu Tho and Luang Namtha has set up and strengthened friendship and solidarity while assisting each other to develop comprehensively and sustainably.

The Vietnamese province has supported the Lao side to construct many infrastructure and social welfare facilities worth nearly VND 40 billion (USD 1.7 million) in total since 2005, helping boost local socio-economic development and improve people’s living standards.

Hannah Nguyen