Hanoi, Vientiane promote cooperation (12:09 19/11/2021)

HNP - Politburo member, Secretary of the municipal Party Committee and Head of the National Assembly deputies' delegation of Hanoi  Dinh Tien Dung chaired an online talks with Secretary of the Party Committee of Vientiane and Chairman of the Vientiane People’s Council Anouphap Tounalom  on November 17.

Secretary of the municipal Party Committee Dinh Tien Dung chairs an online talks.

In attendance were  Lao Ambassador to Vietnam Sengphet Houngboungnuang, Head of the Party Central Committee's Commission for External Relations Truogn Quang Hoai Nam, and members of the Hanoi Party Committee's Standing Commission: Chairwoman of the Vietnam Fatherland Front's municipal chapter Nguyen Lan Huong, Head of the municipal Party Committee's Organization Commission Vu Duc Bao, Head of the municipal Party Committee's Education and Communication Commission Bui Huyen Mai, Standing Vice Chairwoman of the municipal People's Council Phung Thi Hong Ha, Standing Vice Chairman of the municipal People's Committee Le Hong Son, and Director of the municipal Department of Public Security Nguyen Hai Trung.
At the talks, Hanoi Party chief Dinh Tien Dung and his Vientiane counterpart Anouphap Tounalom informed each other on the outstanding achievements of the two capital cities' socio-economic development over the past time. 
Dung said: "The Party Committee, authorities and people of Hanoi always treasure and strive to develop the special, loyal and pure relations with the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party, as well as Party committees, authorities and people of Lao localities, especially Vientiane".
The talks is a testament to the effort and determination of the two capitals, aiming to maintain and contribute to fostering the special friendship and solidarity between Vietnam and Laos in general and the cooperation between Vietnam and Laos in particular, he stressed.
According to Dung, under the MoU signed for the 2017-2020 period, Hanoi and Vientiane have strengthened their cooperative ties. The two sides exchanged many delegations at both high and grassroots levels, expanded cooperation in agriculture development, and shared experience in building a research institute of socio-economic development in Vientiane. 
Hanoi helped Vientiane in building the traditional house of the municipal Military Command and provided scholarships for Vientiane’s students and officials.
The two capital cities always support each other during their development process, especially in the fight against COVID-19. Hanoi presented medical supplies to Vientiane in support of its fight against COVID-19, including 30,000 medical masks, 10,000 rapid test kits and 40,000 USD. The Lao capital city also sent aid worth 15,000 USD to Hanoi to help fight  the pandemic.
In order to bring the Hanoi-Vientiane relationship to a new height, the Hanoi Party chief proposed both sides to work closely together to enhance exchanges at all levels, focus on stepping up ties in agriculture, education-training, justice, labour-invalids and social affairs.
Both Hanoi and Vientiane should renew methods of cooperation in fields of shared interest such as the Party and political system building, legal documents formulation at local level, administrative units oversight, e-government and urban planning and management building, he suggested.
He also said that the two cities need to take measures to enhance trade and investment, people-to-people exchange to raise mutual understanding, while considering the signing of a memorandum of understanding on bilateral cooperation for the new period.
For his part, Vientiane Party Committee Secretary Anouphap Tounalom agreed with the Hanoi official's proposals.
He expressed his hoped that the two capital cities would work together to study the building of shopping and tourism centers, while reinforcing ties in war invalid and social affairs, prevention and control of drug-related crime, and others.
Highly speaking of the talks’ outcome, Hanoi Party Secretary Dinh Tien Dung assigned the municipal Department of Foreign Affairs to coordinate with Vientiane's agencies so as to soon sign minutes of cooperation for 2021-2025 period.

By Tran Huong

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