Vietnamese, Lao, Cambodian youths seek stronger cooperation

Overview of the conference (Photo: VNA)

HCM City (VNA) – More than 30 delegates
representing the youth of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia gathered at a conference
in Ho Chi Minh City on September 8 to share experience in organising activities
of youth unions.

The event is part of activities marking the 55th founding anniversary of Vietnam-Laos diplomatic relations, 40 years of the
signing of the Vietnam-Laos Treaty of Amity and Cooperation, and the 50th anniversary of the establishment of Vietnam-Cambodia ties.

The participants focused on discussions on measures to
enhance the efficiency of education among youngsters on traditional friendship
and comprehensive cooperation among the three countries, as well as ways to promote
connectivity among young entrepreneurs of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.

They also shared experience in supporting youngsters
in setting up shop and beginning startups, along with solutions to foster
cooperation among the youth of the three countries in volunteer activities for
the community and social welfare.

Le Quoc Phong, First Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh
Communist Youth Union Central Committee, said that the youth organisations have
shared sound cooperation both bilaterally and multilaterally. They have also
coordinated closely at multilateral youth forums such as the ASEAN, ASEAN Plus,
the Mekong Sub-region Youth Forum and the World Federation of Democratic Youth.

Nguyen Van Thang, Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh
Communist Youth Union of Hanoi, said that the youth organisations should focus
on three major issues: popularising the Party and State’s policy in encouraging
innovative startups; supporting the youth in accessing capital and connecting
domestic and foreign startup communities; and providing policy advices in
support of young people’s startups.

The Lao delegation suggested that youngsters of the
three countries should alternately hold a forum to share experience in startup
and attracting investment.

Meanwhile, the Cambodian delegation proposed the
formation of a young entrepreneur council of Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos, and an
annual forum for young businesspeople to meet and exchange.

In the framework of the conference from September 7-9,
the participants laid flowers at the statue of late President Ho Chi Minh and
visited a number of historical sites in Ho Chi Minh City as well as the Vietnam
National University – HCM City and the Saigon Hi-Tech Park.

The Vietnam-Lao-Cambodia Youth Cooperation Forum was first
held in Vietnam in 2014 as an initiative of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth
Union. The annual forum has been held in turn among the three countries.-VNA



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