Work starts on bridge at Lao Bao-Densavan border gate

NDO/VNA – Construction of the Xa Ot bridge at the Lao Bao-Densavan international border gate, between Vietnam’s central province of Quang Tri and Savannakhet province of Laos, kicked off on August 11. The event forms part of the activities marking the 55th founding anniversary of Vietnam-Laos diplomatic ties (September 5) and 40 years since the signing of the Vietnam-Laos Treaty of Amity and Cooperation (July 18). The bridge has a total investment of VND32.9 billion (around US$1.45 million), which is funded by the Vietnamese government. Quang Tri and Savannakhet provinces share a borderline of 126 kilometres, with the Lao Bao-Densavan border gate connecting the East-West Economic Corridor. Once completed, the new bridge is expected to meet the growing trade and travel demands between the two provinces and Vietnam and Laos in general, thus completing the border gate traffic infrastructure and contributing to the local socio-economic development and national defence-security. Addressing the ground-breaking ceremony, Vice Chairman of the provincial Quang Tri People’s Committee Nguyen Quan Chinh said that the work not only serves trade and travel purposes but also fosters the solidarity between the Parties and people of the two nations. He urged the authorities of Sepon (Savannakhet) and Huong Hoa district to accelerate land clearance to facilitate the progress of the project.... [read more]

NDO – Vietnamese and Lao National Assembly (NA) jointly held a seminar, with the theme ‘the role of female NA deputies in the NA’s activities’, in Da Nang City on August 7. The event was attended by Vietnamese Politburo members: NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, member of Party Central Committee (PCC) and head of the PCC’s Commission for Mass Mobilisation Truong Thi Mai, and NA Vice Chairwoman Tong Thi Phong; Vietnamese Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh; along with Lao Politburo member and NA Chairwoman Pany Yathotou, Lao NA Vice Chairwoman Sisay Leudetmounsone and Lao Ambassador to Vietnam Thongsavanh Phomvihane. Addressing the seminar, on behalf of the Vietnamese NA, Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan warmly welcomed the female NA deputies from the two countries, as well as all the distinguished guests in attendance at the event. She noted that during the course of the 55 years since the diplomatic ties between Vietnam and Laos were established, the special relations and solidarity between the two nations have been nurtured and developed, in turn becoming an invaluable common asset of the two peoples. The Vietnamese legislative leader also stated that the seminar is a meaningful event – the first meeting of female NA deputies in the 14th tenure of Vietnamese NA and the eighth tenure of Lao NA. The event aims to create an opportunity for female NA deputies from the two countries to share and exchange their experiences in parliamentary activities, emphasised NA Chairwoman Ngan. …... [read more]

Performers from Vietnam and Laos take the stage with traditional tunes at a get-together in Moscow to celebrate the 55th anniversary of the two countries’ diplomatic ties. (Photo: VNA) Moscow (VNA) – The embassies of Vietnam and Laos co-organised friendship get-togethers, featuring musical performances and sports events, in Moscow, Russia and Geneva, Switzerland on August 5 to celebrate the 55th anniversary of their countries’ diplomatic ties (September 5, 1962). The events also marked the 40th year of the signing of Vietnam-Laos Treaty of Amity and Cooperation (July 18, 1977). Performers from Vietnam and Laos took the stage with traditional tunes at the get-together at Hanoi-Moscow Complex (Incentra) in the capital of Russia where diplomats from the two embassies and their families gathered. The event also saw exciting table tennis friendly matches between staff at the embassies. In his remarks at the event, Vietnamese Ambassador to Russia Nguyen Thanh Son highlighted the long-standing relations between the two nations and how their peoples sacrificed for each other and stuck together through thick and thin during struggles for liberation. His Lao counterpart Siviengphet Phetvorasack said the 40-year Vietnam-Laos Treaty of Amity and Cooperation has laid a great foundation for enhancing the two countries’ solidarity and building their bilateral relations and comprehensive cooperation. The ties, hereby, have been deepened and made day-by-day progress, he noted. The Lao ambassador expressed his thanks to support of the Vietnamese government and people for Laos in fights against imperialism and…... [read more]

Politburo member and Secretary of the municipal Party Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan (R) meets with Kikeo Khaykhamphithoune, head of the LPRP Central Committee’s Commission for Propaganda and Training, on August 4 (Photo: VNA) HCM City (VNA) – Ho Chi Minh City is ready to share experience and enhance all-round cooperation with Lao localities, Politburo member and Secretary of the municipal Party Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan told senior officials of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party (LPRP) on August 4. Nhan made the remark while meeting with a visiting LPRP delegation led by Kikeo Khaykhamphithoune, head of the LPRP Central Committee’s Commission for Propaganda and Training. He said the visit is made amidst the 55th anniversary of Vietnam-Laos diplomatic ties and 40 years since the singing of the countries’ Treaty of Amity and Cooperation. Their traditional friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation, including those between HCM City and Lao localities, have been nurtured by the two countries’ leaders and people and developing sustainably, he noted. Kikeo Khaykhamphithoune expressed his delight at the flourishing bilateral relationship, adding that cooperation is becoming more and more substantive in all fields and has generated significant outcomes. [Vietnam, Laos Parties share experience in sustainable development] He voiced his belief that the Laos-Vietnam great amity, special solidarity and all-faceted partnership will continually thrive. Kikeo Khaykhamphithoune also informed the host official about the content of his delegation’s working visit to Vietnam, along with the outcomes of the fifth theoretical workshop on…... [read more]

Nhan made the remark while meeting with a visiting LPRP delegation led by Kikeo Khaykhamphithoune, Head of the LPRP Central Committee’s Commission for Propaganda and Training. Mr. Kikeo Khaykhamphithoune (L) presents a gift to Mr. Nguyen Thien Nhan. Photo: qdnd.vn  He said the visit is made amidst the 55th anniversary of Vietnam-Laos diplomatic ties and 40 years since the singing of the countries’ Treaty of Amity and Cooperation. Their traditional friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation, including those between Ho Chi Minh City and Lao localities, have been nurtured by the two countries’ leaders and people and developing sustainably, he noted. Kikeo Khaykhamphithoune expressed his delight at the flourishing bilateral relationship, adding that cooperation is becoming more and more substantive in all fields and has generated significant outcomes. He voiced his belief that the Laos-Vietnam great amity, special solidarity and all-faceted partnership will continually thrive. Kikeo Khaykhamphithoune also informed the host official about the content of his delegation’s working visit to Vietnam, along with the outcomes of the fifth theoretical workshop on rapid and sustainable development recently held in Kien Giang province between the Communist Party of Vietnam and the LPRP. He said at the workshop, the two Parties’ officials shared much useful information in terms of both theory and practice, helping to fine-tune their respective Parties’ guidelines and policies. During their stay, the LPRP delegation also visited the Vietnam Dairy Products Joint Stock Company (Vinamilk), headquartered…... [read more]

From December 18-21, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung pays his official visits to Cambodia, Laos and Thailandat the invitations of Cambodian Prime Minister Samdec Hunsen, Lao Prime Minister Buasone Bouphavanh and Thai Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont. Mr Dung’s first official visits as Prime Minister to the three countries are not only courtesy visits, according to ASEAN practice but they are aimed at promoting Vietnam’s relations with neighbouring countries in Southeast Asia.The visits take place at a time when Vietnam’s bilateral cooperative relations with Cambodia, Laos and Thailand, as well as its multilateral cooperation with the ASEAN framework have achieved positive progress. Recently, the three Prime Ministers of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia held their fourth meeting in the central highlands city of Da Lat (Vietnam) to discuss the implementation of the Vietnam-Lao-Cambodia Development Triangle plan. During the December 18-21 visits to Cambodia and Laos, PM Nguyen Tan Dung will discuss with the two countries’ leaders specific measures to implement the reached agreements.Thailand and four other ASEAN countries are implementing an early harvest programme on trade relations with China which will reduce tax rates of some products imported from Vietnam and the Philippines, helping accelerating the process of building the ASEAN Economic Community by 2015, five years ahead of schedule as previously planned. Vietnam’s bilateral relations with Cambodia, Laos and Thailand have made significant progress. 2006 is considered a year for Vietnam and Cambodia to strengthen border demarcation and landmark plantation at seven international border gates. The completion of border demarcation and…... [read more]

Present at the event were Vientiane provincial chief Khammeung Phongsadi, Deputy Secretary of the Hai Duong provincial Party Committee Vu Van Son, Minister Counselor to Laos Tran Manh Cuong and many officials of the two provinces. In his speech, Vu Van Son said the two provinces have boosted cooperation in many fields and the guest-house project is fresh evidence of their friendship. He expressed hope that the two localities will get involved in other projects to bring practical benefits to both countries. The inauguration of the friendship house marks the 50th anniversary of Vietnam-Laos diplomatic ties, the 35th anniversary of the Vietnam-Laos Friendship and Cooperation Treaty and the Vietnam-Laos Friendship Year 2012. Meanwhile, Vientiane leader Khammeung Phongsadi conveyed sincere thanks to the Vietnamese Party, Government and people as well as Hai Duong authorities for their effective assistance to his province. The friendship guest-house covering an area of 2.3 hectares was built at a total cost of over VND14 billion, of which 64 percent came from Hai Duong province.... [read more]

Vietnamese solidarity and friendship festival opens in France Celebrating Vietnam-Laos Friendship Year Addressing the opening ceremony, Vu Trong Kim, president of the Vietnam-Laos Friendship Association (VLFA) and Secretary General of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee, highlighted the Vietnam-Laos traditional friendship which was founded and nurtured by late Presidents Ho Chi Minh and Cayson Phomvihan as well as their successors. The solidarity and mutual support has helped both countries achieve great successes in the past struggle for national independence and the current process of national construction and development, he said. Kim urged both Parties, States and peoples to maintain and boost the traditional friendship and comprehensive cooperation. Lao Ambassador to Vietnam, Somphone Sichaleune expressed his appreciation for Vietnam’s assistance to its revolutionary cause and said his country will educate the younger generations about the friendship and special solidarity between Laos and Vietnam. Within the framework of the festival, the delegates will pay tribute to President Ho Chi Minh at his Mausoleum and attend meetings to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam-Laos diplomatic ties and the 35th year of the signing of the Vietnam-Laos Friendship and Cooperation Treaty. They will also visit Tan Trao, a former revolutionary base, and the Lao historical relics in Tuyen Quang province. This year’s event, jointly held by the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations, the Vietnam-Laos Friendship Association, and the Laos-Vietnam Friendship Association, offers a chance for both sides to exchange experience in implementing friendly activities and discuss ways to bring bilateral relations to a…... [read more]

Vietnam-Cambodia youth friendship camp opens Phan Van Mai, Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union Central Committee, announced the news in Hanoi on August 16. The main activities will include a launch of the Vietnam-Laos border youth friendship village, a dialogue on youth works and cooperation and some charity activities, he said. This annual event is an opportunity for younger generations from the two countries to strengthen their mutual understanding and learn more about the history and traditions of the Vietnam-Laos special friendship, he added. The event, co-hosted by theHo Chi Minh Communist Youth Union central Committee and the Lao People’s Revolutionary Youth Union, aims to mark the 50th anniversary of the establishment of Vietnam-Laos diplomatic ties and the Vietnam-Laos Friendship Year in 2012.... [read more]

The exhibited photos were taken by Vietnamese journalist and photographer Tran Duy Ngoan, who is former Chairman of Thanh Chuong District People’s Committee and Director of Nghe An TV and radio station. Tran Duy Ngoan took many of the photos during his working visits to Laos over the past several decades capturing the images of Lao people as they went about their daily lives amidst the background of the country’s beautiful natural landscapes. Ngoan’s photos provide an opportunity for Vietnamese to gain a better appreciation for neighbouring Laos and contribute to strengthening the time-honoured friendship and special solidarity between Vietnamese and Lao people. The exhibition, which lasts until April 20, is part of activities to celebrate Laos’ traditional Bunpimay Festival 2014 and the 52nd anniversary of Vietnam-Laos diplomatic ties.... [read more]




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