The Central Highland province of Kon Tum on Sept. 13 signed a memorandum of understanding with its Lao neighbouring province of Attapeu to continue boosting cooperation in socio-economic development.

The signing took place at a meeting of the two provinces’ leaders in Kon Tum the same day.

The two sides agreed to create favourable conditions for their firms to seek investment and business opportunities, with special focus on the border economic zones of Bo Y of Kon Tum and Phu Cua of Laos .

The two provinces plans to soon build and effectively operate a joint tourism route under the “three nations – a destination” plan covering provinces in central Vietnam , southern Laos and northeastern Thailand .

In terms of external relations and culture, the two provinces will continue to boost exchange of visits and hold cultural activities to celebrate the 50 th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Vietnam and Laos and the 35 th anniversary of the signing of the Vietnam-Laos Friendship and Cooperation Treaty.

Attapeu will continue to help Kon Tum search and repatriate remains of Vietnamese voluntary soldiers and experts, who died in Laos during the past wars.

The two sides will continue coordinating to protect security in the common border area, focusing on fighting drug and social evils.

Over the past years, Kon Tum and Attapeu have attained good results in socio-economic development cooperation, especially import-export at the Bo Y-Phu Cua international border gate./.