Vietnam, Laos strengthen cooperation for 2021-2030 period

Saturday, 2020-10-03 11:25:55
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Important issues on bilateral cooperation discussed at the meeting between the two countries' cooperation committees. (Photo: Nhan Dan Newspaper representative office in Laos)
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NDO – Vietnam and Laos have reached agreements on a number of issues to promote bilateral cooperation during the 2021-2030 period.

Officials from both sides gathered at a recent meeting discussing the development of the 10-year cooperation strategy for 2021-2030 and the five-year cooperation agreement for 2021-2025 between the Vietnam-Laos Cooperation Committee and the Laos-Vietnam Cooperation Committee, which took place at Lao Bao - Densavan Border Gates between Vietnam’s central province of Quang Tri and Savannakhet Province, Laos, from September 29 to October 1.

At the conference, the two sides discussed the Vietnam-Laos cooperation strategy for the 2021-2030 period and the five-year cooperation plan for the 2021-2025 period towards mutual agreement before submitting them to the governments of the two countries for consideration and passing at the upcoming Intergovernmental Committee Conference on bilateral cooperation between the Government of Vietnam and the Government of Laos, scheduled to take place at the end of 2020.

The delegates also discussed the implementation of the 10-year cooperation strategy between the two countries for the 2011-2020 period and the five-year cooperation agreement for the 2016-2020 period.

In an interview with Nhan Dan Newspaper correspondents in Laos on October 2, Lao Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment cum Vice Chairman of the Laos-Vietnam Cooperation Committee Khamphoi Keokinnaly affirmed that, through the conference, the two sides have gained better understanding on a number issues and agreed to continue to discuss some specific matters in the next meeting, in order to get the best results before submitting to the higher levels.

The Lao official said that through the conference, many problems have been resolved. Both sides came to an agreement and are continuing to prepare documents for the next meeting. The results achieved through the conference are positive, serving well in the comprehensive cooperation between Laos and Vietnam, he said.

Due to the complicated developments of the COVID-19 epidemic, the two sides strictly implemented measures to prevent and control the pandemic in accordance with the regulations of the two countries, choosing the national border gates of Lao Bao and Densavan as the location for the meeting.

At the meeting, the two committees praised the results of the bilateral cooperation in recent years and planned to continue hold the next meetings and working sessions to adjust and complete the content of the cooperation documents ahead of the 43rd Intergovernmental Committee on bilateral cooperation between the Government of Vietnam and the Government of Laos.