15 July 2017

Vietnamese, Lao localities foster cooperation in border management

At the Lao Bao border gate in Quang Tri (Photo: VNA)

Quang Tri
(VNA)
–The central province of Quang Tri and two bordering Lao provinces -
Savanakhet and Salavan – have signed an agreement on cooperation in border
affairs and border marker planting for 2017-2018.

The agreement was
reached during talks among leaders of the three provinces’ Steering Committees
for Marker Planting in Gio Linh district of Quang Tri on July 14.

The three localities
concurred to efficiently implement the protocol on borderline and border
markers and the agreement on land border and land border gate management
regulations signed by the two Governments.

They will also
continue with communication activities to raise public awareness of the significance
of the Vietnam-Laos border, the border markers along the three provinces, and
the responsibility to adhere to relevant agreements.

The localities will
share experience and information, while expanding twin relations among villages
of the three provinces, and coordinating closely in enforcing the agreement on
the settlement of free migration and unregistered marriage along the border.

The three provinces
also agreed on some matters related to border trade development, and the
strengthening of cooperation in boosting high technology agriculture
production, forest planting and construction of wood processing factories for
export.

Quang Tri shares more
than 179 km of border with Savannakhet and Salavan. Over the past years, the
three provinces have engaged in close cooperation on managing and protecting
the borderline, border markers and maintaining stability in the shared border.

However, the three
provinces are encountering some problems, including illegal cross-border
movements, rosomg trans-national crimes such as smuggling, human trafficking and
illegal drug trade along with the illegal aquatic exploitation in rivers along
the border.

The sides have stressed
the need for more effective management measures to effectively deal with the
problems.-VNA 



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