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Optimistic and Confident about Vietnam - Laos Relationship Prospects

Posted: Monday, October 30, 2017


“I am very optimistic and confident about the prospects of Vietnam - Laos comprehensive strategic cooperation,” Lao Ambassador to Vietnam Thongsavanh Phomvihane said at an exclusive interview given to Vietnam Business Forum Magazine on the occasion of the Vietnam - Laos Solidarity Year 2017. Le Sang reports.

How do you assess the development of the comprehensive Vietnam-Laos cooperative relations in recent years?
This year, we celebrate the 55th founding anniversary of Vietnam- Laos diplomatic relations. The official establishment of diplomatic relations carried a great significance and laid a solid foundation for the two countries to enter a new era of defending and building the country. After more than half a century, the bilateral cooperation relationship has produced very important achievements and successes in all aspects, particularly politics, national defence - security, foreign affairs, economics, culture and education, which grow deeper and broader day after day.

In the coming period, to step up economic, trade and investment cooperation; achieve a 10 per cent growth of trade value in 2017 over 2016 and increase investment projects between the two nations, what solutions will the Lao People's Democratic Republic focus on?
To boost economic trade and investment ties in the coming period, including the realisation of 10 per cent growth of two-way trade value in 2017 over 2016, in my opinion, we must make a greater effort to effectively carry out agreements reached by our two Party and State leaders, ministries, branches and localities. At the same time, we must frankly exchange in the spirit of brotherhood to solve emerging issues in economic cooperation. Particularly, we must make our policies and mechanisms workable to foster economic, trade and investment ties to match our strengths, potential and aspirations of the two Parties and the two peoples of Laos and Vietnam.

How do you assess the importance of Vietnam’s strategic position in Southeast Asia, as well as in Asia in the new context?
In this new context, I highly value Vietnam's strategic position in Southeast Asia and throughout Asia. With that strategic position, Vietnam has been promoting its active and positive role in the cause of protecting the peace, stability, cooperation and prestige of Vietnam on regional and international forums.

With a strong, close foundation of friendship cultivated by high-level visits between the two countries and particularly the Bilateral Trade Agreements in the 2016 - 2020 phase, what do you think about the development prospects of bilateral comprehensive strategic cooperation in the coming time?
On the occasion of the 55th anniversary of the establishment of Laos - Vietnam diplomatic relations, to further foster the bilateral cooperation, we must further enhance education of and communication on traditional friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation to officials and people of the two countries, especially younger generations, enabling them to deeply understand about this extraordinary relationship, preserve and protect that precious asset for everlasting sustainability.

I am very optimistic and confident about the prospect of a comprehensive strategic cooperation between our two countries, which will bring greater benefits for the people of Laos and Vietnam. The two countries will stand shoulder to shoulder on the path of development and contribute positively to peace, cooperation and development in the region and the world.

On this special occasion, do you have any message to the Party, the Government and the people of Vietnam?
On behalf of the Party, Government and people of Laos, I would like to express deep, sincere gratitude to the Party, Government and people of Vietnam for their valuable, effective and timely assistance for the cause of struggling for national liberation in the past as well as the cause of protecting and building the country today.








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