The Lao Prime Minister is paying a four-day visit to Kon Tum, Gia Lai and Binh Dinh provinces, starting on Wednesday.
| Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung greets Lao Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong in Ha Noi. — VNA/VNS Photo Duc Tam |
"The visit is of great importance and would contribute to boosting Vietnamese-Lao co-operation in all fields, especially in economy, trade and investment, in the context of the Viet Nam-Laos Friendship Year 2012," said PM Dung.
He congratulated Laos for its achievements in socio-economic development and external affairs, which helped enhance the country's position in the regional and international arenas.
Lao PM Thongsing Thammavong said that Laos had learned valuable lessons from Vietnam in the field of socio-economic development, such as the mobilisation of resources through the political system and the reduction of poverty in society.
He expressed his wish that Viet Nam would continue to share its experiences in socio-economic development with Laos and to help Laos train human resources to meet demands.
The two PMs said the quick expansion of trade and investment co-operation has served as a firm foundation for the two countries to boost their ties in other fields in future.
They affirmed that the two governments would effectively implement high-level agreements, creating favourable conditions for Vietnamese enterprises investing in Laos and rapidly increasing two-way trade.
They also agreed to accelerate the exchange of diplomatic delegations at all levels and to remove any arising obstacles to bilateral co-operation.
At the working sessions with leaders of the provinces of Kon Tum, Gia Lai and Binh Dinh, Lao PM Thongsing Thammavong expressed his appreciation for the co-operation of these three provinces with Laos and stressed that the localities of Laos and Viet Nam should continue communication on crucial issues, including hunger eradication and infrastructure development.
He also suggested that the localities of the two countries should tighten their co-operation in the fields of industry, agriculture, forestry, aqua-culture and staff training.
The leaders of the provinces reported to the Laos PM on their local achievements and experiences with social-economic development.
They also put forward some specific suggestions that could contribute to improving the relations between the two countries.
During his trip to these provinces, the Lao PM visited Gia Lai Province's Ho Chi Minh Museum and war martyr memorial; a successful countryside project in Kon Tum Province's Ha Mon Commune; and Binh Dinh Province's Qui Nhon University, Qui Nhon Port and Pharmacy and Health Equipment Company.
On this occasion, the Lao PM also witnessed signing ceremonies between the two countries' agencies and enterprises.