Leaders of Ho Chi Minh City and Vientiane had a meeting in the southern Vietnamese metropolis on Saturday to discuss the enhancement of cooperation between both sides.
Secretary and Governor of Vientiane Sinlavong Khoutphaythoune and his delegation were welcomed by Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan and Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Nguyen Thanh Phong.
Both sides exchanged information on local socio-economic development and reviewed the implementation of the cooperation agreement signed between the two cities in 2017.
They focused on the development of ties in agriculture, education, and vocational training, and agreed on carrying our more effective cooperation programs to bring benefits to the people in both cities and countries in general.
Secretary Nhan believed that the meeting played a significant role as the two nations are preparing for 130th birthday of President Ho Chi Minh and 100th birthday of President Kaysone Phomvihane in 2020.
|Secretary and Governor of Vientiane Sinlavong Khoutphaythoune at the meeting. Photo: V.Nam / Tuoi Tre|
Governor Khoutphaythoune thanked his host for creating favorable conditions for the Party Committee and authorities of Vientiane to share experience in socio-economic development.
His visit was aimed at seeking collaboration in many fields, thus creating a driving force for the development of the two cities, the Laotian official continued.
Vientiane is planning on building a smart city, he said, hoping that leaders of Ho Chi Minh City will assist them in the process. Both sides agreed to facilitate all-level visits, step up finance-taxation projects, expand trade and investment promotion, and enhance joint work across agriculture and rural development. They vowed to direct local agencies and firms to share experience, boost their collaboration, and offer all possible support to Ho Chi Minh City’s District 5 and Vientiane’s Sikhottabong District to cement bilateral ties.