HCM City delegation visits Laos to boost partnership

A delegation from Laos’ Champasak province led by Bounthong Divixay, a Lao People's Revolutionary Party Central Committee member, Secretary of the provincial Party Committee and the province’s governor, paid a working visit to Da Nang city on November 29th. Receiving the delegation, Nguyen Xuan Anh, Party Central Committee member, Secretary of the Da Nang city Party Committee and Chairman of the city People’s Council, gave an overview of what Da Nang city has achieved, as well as the cooperation results between the two localities. Over the past year, Da Nang city and Champasak province exchanged delegations from the two authorities and among departments, especially in education and culture. The two authorities signed 2 memorandums of understanding and working minutes as foundations for cooperation. In the 2010 – 2012, Da Nang city assisted Champasak province in 11 projects with nearly VND7.6 billion. So far the projects have been fully carried out. From 2013 to 2017, a lighting system was completed in Pakse town with VND1.27 billion. Meanwhile, the Vietnamese city sent 2 teachers to teach Vietnamese language to Champasak province; gave consultancy and planning contributions to upgrade Pakse town into a city; and granted 5 scholarships worth nearly VND1.5 billion to Lao students and post-graduates between 2013 and 2015. Da Nang city’s export to Laos reached USD18.7 million in the first 9 months of this year. So far, 4 companies of the Vietnamese city are investing in Laos with a capital of USD52.3 million. It has completed the upgrade of the…... [read more]

Anh, who is also Chairman of the municipal People’s Council, thanked the Champasak authorities for their warm welcome to Da Nang officials during the guests’ working visit to southern Laos last month. In its development process, Da Nang always treasures and wishes to take specific actions to support southern Lao locales for joint development, he affirmed. In that spirit, Da Nang and Champasak will make joint efforts to realise the content of the memorandum of understanding on the bilateral cooperation plan for 2018-2022, Anh said. The Da Nang leader wished the Champasak authorities and people greater success in their socio-economic development, affirming that Da Nang would do its utmost to contribute to keeping the special relations between Vietnam and Laos evergreen and everlasting. Expressing his impression of Da Nang’s vibrant development and modernity, Champasak Governor Bounthong Divixay spoke highly of the cooperation and support programmes the Vietnamese city has offered to his province, particularly in the fields of personnel training, health, social security and urban planning. The Lao guest wished the Da Nang authorities and people continuous breakthroughs in the time ahead, so that the city would deserve to be a locomotive for socioeconomic development in the Central and Central Highlands regions. He also expressed his belief that the faithful Vietnam-Laos relations as a whole, and the Da Nang-Champasak ties in particular, will continue to blossom in the future, living up to the expectations of the two Parties and peoples. Over the years, Da Nang and Champasak have exchanged a…... [read more]

Secretary of the Party Committee of the central province of Da Nang Nguyen Xuan Anh (R) receives Governor of Laos’ Champasak province Bounthong Divixay (Photo: VNA) Da Nang (VNA) – Secretary of the Party Committee and Governor of Laos’ Champasak province Bounthong Divixay and Secretary of the Party Committee of the central province of Da Nang Nguyen Xuan Anh reviewed cooperation between the localities during a meeting in Da Nang on November 29. Da Nang and Champasak have enjoyed a strong partnership, especially in education and culture. The two sides signed two memorandums of understanding and a statement on cooperation in the field. In 2010-2012, Da Nang supported Champasak in implementing 11 projects with a total investment of 7.578 billion VND. All the projects are now operational. In 2013-2017, Da Nang will send two Vietnamese teachers to work at the Vietnamese Language Centre of Champasak, while investing 1.27 billion VND in a lighting system in Pakse town. The city will continue assisting the Lao locality in design and planning to upgrade Pakse town to a city. Da Nang granted scholarships totalling 1.462 billion VND to Champasak students from 2013 to 2015. The city helped Champasak upgrade Khongsedone secondary school with a total capital of 7.5 billion VND. Da Nang’s exports to Laos in the first nine months of 2016 reached 18.7 million USD. Four Da Nang companies invest in Laos with a total capital of nearly 52.3 million USD. Since 2002, Da Nang University has received 750 Lao students, while…... [read more]

Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang was warmly welcomed by residents of the Lao province of Champasak on June 13 as they lined up along the roads from Pakse airport to the province’s centre to wave at him. The tour of Champasak was part of the President’s State visit to Laos – the first visit to a foreign country since he took office in April. At the provincial administration’s headquarters, the leader met with the Secretary of the Party Committee and Governor of Champasak, Bounthong Divixay, who described the visit as an important milestone in the two countries’ time-tested friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation. He said Champasak, the southernmost province of Laos with an area of 15,350 sq km, is a rice and fish production hub of the country. It has a population of about 694,000, including more than 3,500 Vietnamese people. It now boasts cooperative relations with 18 Vietnamese localities. Vietnam has invested 326 million USD in 44 projects in Champasak, making up 51 percent of total foreign investment there. In its Vision 2030, the province wants to enhance multifaceted relations with Vietnamese localities and solicit more investment from Vietnamese businesses, the official noted. President Tran Dai Quang said during his talks and meetings with the Lao leaders, both sides lauded the sound collaboration between their localities, especially paired and border provinces. He appreciated the connections between Champasak and Vietnamese localities, particularly in education – training, manpower development, and rice and commercial tree cultivation. Wishing the province greater successes,…... [read more]

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Champasak (VNA) – Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang was warmly welcomed by residents of the Lao province of Champasak on June 13 as they lined up along the roads from Pakse airport to the province’s centre to wave at him. The tour of Champasak was part of the President’s State visit to Laos – the first visit to a foreign country since he took office in April. At the provincial administration’s headquarters, the leader met with the Secretary of the Party Committee and Governor of Champasak, Bounthong Divixay, who described the visit as an important milestone in the two countries’ time-tested friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation. He said Champasak, the southernmost province of Laos with an area of 15,350 sq km, is a rice and fish production hub of the country. It has a population of about 694,000, including more than 3,500 Vietnamese people. It now boasts cooperative relations with 18 Vietnamese localities. Vietnam has invested 326 million USD in 44 projects in Champasak, making up 51 percent of total foreign investment there. In its Vision 2030, the province wants to enhance multifaceted relations with Vietnamese localities and solicit more investment from Vietnamese businesses, the official noted. President Tran Dai Quang said during his talks and meetings with the Lao leaders, both sides lauded the sound collaboration between their localities, especially paired and border provinces. He appreciated the connections between Champasak and Vietnamese localities, particularly in education – training, manpower development, and rice and commercial tree cultivation. Wishing the…... [read more]

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The Ho Chi Minh City's Party chief noted he was pleased with the meeting with the former Lao General Secretary and President, saying that the visit to Laos aims to affirm the efforts and goodwill of Ho Chi Minh City to strengthen the friendship and co-operation between Ho Chi Minh City with Laos, and Vientiane and Champasak province in particular. The Ho Chi Minh City leader congratulated Laos for recording outstanding achievements in implementing the Resolution of the 9th Congress of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party (LPRP), believing that under the sound leadership of the LPRP, the Lao people would continue to gain more achievements. He also appreciated contributions of the former Lao General Secretary and President to the preservation and nurturing of Vietnam-Laos special relations. Former General Secretary and President of Laos Choummaly Sayasone also congratulated Dinh La Thang for being elected as a Politburo member and Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee and congratulated achievements of the 12th Congress of the Communist Party of Vietnam. While meeting with Lao Prime Minister Thongsinh Thammavong, the Ho Chi Minh City leader thanked the Party, State and people of Laos for their assistance to Vietnam in the struggle for national independence in the past, and in the cause of national construction at present. He noted that Ho Chi Minh City always values and will try its best to consolidate and develop the special relations with Laos and its localities. Earlier on May 31, Secretary of the Ho Chi…... [read more]




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