Scene at the meeting between Chairman of the People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City Nguyen Thanh Phong ​and leaders of three central Lao provinces – Savannakhet, Bolykhamsay and Khammouane  (Photo: VNA)

HCM City (VNA) – Chairman of the People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City Nguyen Thanh Phong received leaders of three central Lao provinces – Savannakhet, Bolykhamsay and Khammouane – on July 18.

At the meeting, Phong said a conference on promoting trade and tourism investment in the Lao localities scheduled for July 19 in the city reflects interests of sides involved in stepping up their practical cooperation.

He said the event is held in the context of the two countries celebrating the 55th anniversary of diplomatic relations and 40 years of signing their Treaty of Amity and Cooperation.

Ho Chi Minh City appreciates the Lao President’s first-class labour order and is committed to doing its utmost to foster the two countries’ comprehensive partnership, Phong stated.

On behalf of the Lao provincial leaders, Savannakhet governor Santiphap Phomvihane thanked assistance from the southern economic hub towards the Lao provinces in preparation for their upcoming trade promotion conference.

The support would contribute to strengthening engagements and friendship among the four localities, he added.

He also lauded activities organised by Ho Chi Minh City in celebration of the two countries’ major events this year.-VNA