Laos, Vietnam sign key documents
Hanoi (Vietnam News, ANN) – Vietnam and Laos signed a series of vital agreements on Wednesday, pledging to boost co-operation between the two governments and countries.
Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen XuanPhuc and his Lao counterpart ThonglounSisoulith--who co-chaired the 39th meeting of the Vietnam-Laos Intergovernmental Committee in Hanoi on Wednesday --witnessed the signing of four documents: a cooperation plan between the two Governments in 2017; the minutes of the 39th meeting of the Vietnam-Laos Intergovernmental Committee; a cooperation plan between the Vietnamese Ministry of Education and Training and the Lao Ministry of Education and Sports; and the minutes for the establishment of a Vietnam-Laos 500 kV electricity transmissions line joint venture.
This was the first time the PMs of the two countries had co-chaired an Inter-Governmental Committee meeting, demonstrating the two governments' commitment to effectively implementing their cooperation plan.
At the meeting, PM Phuc stressed that the two sides agreed to realise declarations and agreements of the two Politburos; beef up political and diplomatic relations, national security, investment and trade to a new heights; strive for a 10 percent two-way trade growth in 2017.
Both sides agreed to cooperate in training human resources, develop transport infrastructure projects and manage water and natural resources in a sustainable manner.
The two countries have already determined orientations to successfully organise the Vietnam-Laos Friendship and Solidarity Year, celebrate the 55th founding anniversary of diplomatic ties and the 40th anniversary of the signing of the bilateral Treaty of Amity and Cooperation (July18, 1977-July 18, 2017).
They also pledged to support and work together at regional and international forums.
PM Phuc pledged to direct ministries, agencies, and localities to work with Lao partners to enforce commitments at the meeting and create the best ways for businesses to boost operations in Laos.
Last year, both sides effectively implemented fruitful agreements in many areas, especially concerning stronger co-operation in politics, diplomacy, national defense and security, socio-economic development, culture and people-to-people relations .
In the field of education co-operation, more than 14,000 Lao students and pupils are currently studying in Vietnam.
Meanwhile, Vietnamese investors poured around US$3.7 billion of capital into the neighbouring country via more than 400 projects.
The Vietnamese PM believes that the meeting will generate new momentum for the bilateral ties to take a practical course, contributing to the traditional, especially comprehensive ties.
In reply, PM ThonglounSisoulith highlighted the significance of 2017 and promised to enforce the four documents soon.
Speaking at a press conference immediately following the meeting, the two prime ministers announced the outcomes of their meeting, calling it remarkably successful.
The meeting, with the participation of nearly 30 ministries from different sectors, played an important role in solidifying the high level agreements reached by the two governments and helped support local authorities and business enterprises in implementing their 2017 work plans, PM Phuc said.
The visit made by the Lao PM was the first by a foreign government leader since the beginning of the Lunar New Year.
“Vietnam and Laos enjoy a unique relationship in the world,” said Phuc, adding that Vietnam will always support Laos in its national development and offer joint coordination at international and regional forums.
President Tran D?iQuang has hailed the outcomes of the 39th meeting of the Vietnam-Laos Inter-Governmental Committee, saying that plans agreed at the meeting are important to accelerating the implementation of high-level agreements.
Receiving Lao Prime Minister ThonglounSisoulith in Hanoi on Wednesday, the President asked the PMs of the two countries to direct ministries, agencies and localities to realise the outcomes of the 39th meeting.
President Quang called for increasing connectivity between the two economies to lift two-way trade, partly by prioritising energy and transport projects, dealing with barriers and providing support for Vietnamese investors in Laos.
He proposed co-ordination between Vietnam and Laos to celebrate the 55th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties and the 40th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Amity and Co-operation this year, as well as offering mutual support in regional and global forums.
Also on Wednesday, National Assembly (NA) Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan said the Vietnamese NA would work closely with its Lao counterpart to create optimal conditions for the two governments to effectively implement Vietnam-Laos high-level agreements and cooperation pacts while receiving Lao PM ThonglounSisoulith in Hanoi.
Ngan said the Vietnamese NA will also facilitate the implementation of investment and trade cooperation projects between the two nations as well as the contents reached by the two prime ministers at the meeting.
The top legislator informed her guest about the effective cooperation between the two legislatures over recent years, stressing that the two bodies will coordinate closely to successfully organise celebrations for the 55th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties and the 40th anniversary of the signing of the Vietnam-Laos Amity and Cooperation Treaty.
For his part, PM Sisoulith thanked Vietnam for its great and effective support and assistance to Laos over past years.
The Lao PM also expressed his wish that the Vietnamese NA will support the deployment of agreements signed between the two nations in order to elevate bilateral socio-economic cooperation to be on a par with political relations between the two Parties and states.
(Latest Update February 10, 2017)