Viet Nam Pledges to Assist Laos to Successfully Fulfil International Roles in 2024

9:48:28 AM | 4/23/2024

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh on Monday had a working session with his Lao counterpart Sonexay Siphandone, who is in Ha Noi to attend the ASEAN Future Forum.

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and Lao counterpart Sonexay Siphandone at the Government Office in Ha Noi, April 22, 2024. Photo: VGP

Pham congratulated his Lao counterpart on the Bunpimay traditional New Year Festival of Laos and thanked the latter for accepting the invitation to participate in and address the forum.

Sonexay highly valued Prime Minister Pham's initiative to organize the event, which attracts representatives of regional and global governments, scholars, and researchers, reflects Viet Nam's active and practical contributions to the ASEAN Community, and also helps promote the country's role and stature in the region and the world at large.

Discussing the two countries' relations, the two Prime Ministers shared the view that the great friendship, special solidarity, and comprehensive cooperation between Viet Nam and Laos have continued developing soundly, firmly, and fruitfully in multiple areas over the recent past.

Political ties have been unceasingly reinforced through frequent mutual visits and meetings at all levels. Defence and security cooperation remains an important pillar and becomes increasingly strong and effective, contributing to defence, security, and social order and safety in each country, they noted.

Bilateral economic, trade, and investment partnerships have been further promoted. Trade between the countries reached US$476.8 million in the first quarter of 2024, up 12 percent on year. With 245 investment projects worth US$5.5 billion, Viet Nam still ranks third among the countries and territories investing in Laos.

Meanwhile, connections in other fields like education - training, culture, science - technique, tourism, and people-to-people exchange have also been strengthened towards better effectiveness and quality, according to the leaders.

The two Prime Ministers agreed to continue increasing high-level visits and meetings; properly carry out the agreements between the two governments, including the Viet Nam - Laos agreement on the cooperation strategy for 2021 - 2030, the deal on bilateral cooperation for 2021 - 2025, and the one on the cooperation plan 2024; and boost defence and security cooperation to effectively cope with non-traditional challenges, including border management and protection and the trans-national crime fight.

Boht countries will enhance the connectivity of their economies, especially in terms of regulations, finance, transport infrastructure, energy, telecommunications, and tourism.

The two sides will assist each other to build independent and self-reliant economies that actively, extensively, substantively, and effectively integrate into the world; work together to thoroughly deal with bottlenecks and create a favourable environment for Vietnamese businesses to operate in Laos.

The two sides pledged to continue coordinating closely and supporting each other at regional and international forums like ASEAN, the United Nations, and the Mekong sub-regional mechanisms.

Prime Minister Pham affirmed that Viet Nam will continue support and assistance for Laos to successfully fulfil international roles in 2024, including the ASEAN Chairmanship.

Source: VGP