Chairman of the Hai Duong People’s Council Nguyen Manh Hien (R) and Secretary of the Party Committee and Governor of Vientiane Province Vidong Xayasone (Source: VNA)

Hai Duong (VNA)
– The northern province of Hai Duong and the Lao province of Vientiane have agreed to boost cooperation in party building, education, health care, investment – trading, agriculture – forestry, culture – sports and tourism from 2017 -2022.

A deal to this effect was signed by Chairman of the Hai Duong People’s Council Nguyen Manh Hien and Secretary of the Party Committee and Governor of Vientiane Province Vidong Xayasone in Hai Duong on August 23.

The two sides agreed on delegation exchanges to support each other in building party and cadres’ capacity. Hai Duong will receive 10 high school graduates from Vientiane and teach Vietnamese before sending them to provincial universities, while Vientiane will receive and teach Lao language to five from Hai Duong, so they can study the literature of Laos.

Hai Duong will also host five to ten health workers from Vientiane province and provide them on-the-job training at local hospitals for three to six months.

The two sides agreed to enhance information exchange on investment environment and help investors from each side access the information. Trade promotion will also be fostered, particularly via the operation of the Vientiane – Hai Duong, and the Hai Duong - Vientiane Centres.

They also agreed to boost exchanges in agriculture – forestry and focus on culture, sports, and tourism exchange activities to introduce the tradition and the beauty of each nation to the other, aiming to lure more visitors to each locality.
                                                         
The two leaders briefed each other on the socio-economic development of their respective province and reviewed the implementation of the cooperation agreement from 2014 – 2017, agreeing to continue consolidating friendship and cooperation from 2017 – 2020.

Hai Duong and Vientiane provinces established a friendship 33 years ago, with the Vietnamese locality investing more than 9 billion VND (396,000 USD) in projects and cooperation programmes in Vientiane province over the past three years.-VNA