Vietnamese Prime Ministers Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith. Photo: VNA
The 39th session of the
Vietnam-Laos Intergovernmental Committee was held in Hanoi on 7-8
February 2017 under the chairmanship of Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen
Xuan Phuc and Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith.
This was the first time the Prime Ministers of the two countries co-chaired the Intergovernmental Committee meeting on Vietnam-Laos bilateral cooperation, demonstrating strong commitment of the two leaders in effectively implementing their cooperation plan in 2017.
While working in Vietnam, Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith paid courtesy visits to Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, State President Tran Dai Quang and met with National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan.
At the meetings and contacts between top leaders of the two countries, the two sides expressed elation at the in-depth special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between Vietnam and Laos, making an important contribution to the cause of building and defending the Fatherland of each country. The two sides affirmed to together preserve, nurture, develop and hand down to future generations the special solidarity between Vietnam and Laos.
The two sides highly valued the important results of the 39th session of the Vietnam-Laos Intergovernmental Committee, especially it was co-chaired by the two prime ministers for the first time; pledged to effectively implement high-level agreements the two countries and cooperation agreements between the two governments, strengthen coordination and supervision, facilitate the implementation of investment and trade projects between the two countries as well as agreements reached by the two Prime Ministers at the 39th session for successful implementation of the cooperation plan between the two Governments in 2017.
At the session, the two sides also appreciated the results of the comprehensive cooperation between the two countries. In 2016, the two sides effectively implemented high-level agreements and deals between ministries, agencies and localities. Bilateral ties across political, diplomatic, national defense and security, economic, education and socio-cultural fields and people exchange have been strengthened and expanded. Currently, more than 14,000 Lao students are studying in Vietnam. Vietnamese enterprises have invested in more than 400 projects in Laos, with a total capital of US$ 3.7 billion.
At this session, a new mechanism to coordinate bilateral cooperation was introduced. In 2017, the two sides agreed to implement the direction of the two Politburos, reinforce political, diplomatic, national defense and security, investment and trade ties while expanding coordination in human resource training, transport infrastructure connecting the two countries, and the management and sustainable use of water and natural resources. They were determined to work closely together to hold the “Year of Vietnam-Laos Solidarity and Friendship 2017,” the 55th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties and the 40th anniversary of the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation. Building on mutual trust, they pledged to provide mutual support at regional and global organizations and forums.
Immediately after the meeting, the two Prime Ministers Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Thongloun Sisoulith witnessed the signing of four cooperation documents and co-chaired the press conference on the outcome of the 39th session of the Vietnam-Laos Intergovernmental Committee and attended a ceremony to present Government’s awards to collectives and individuals of the Vietnam-Laos Intergovernmental Committee Offices for their achievements in the 2012-2015 period.