Scene at the meeting (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA)
– Hanoi’s party committee has provided significant assistance to the development of Vientiane, affirmed Sinlavong Khoutphaythoun, Secretary of the Party Committee and Governor of the Lao capital.

At a meeting with Secretary of the Hanoi Party Committee Hoang Trung Hai in Hanoi on March 26, the Vientiane leader singled out a number of typical cooperation projects examples of Hanoi’s valuable help, including the Vientiane – Hanoi friendship school and the dormitories of the Academy of Politics and Public Administration in Vientiane.

He proposed that Hanoi help with the marketing of Lao farming produce in Vietnam and accelerate the building of a Vientiane trade centre in Hanoi and a Hanoi trade centre in Vientiane.

Sinlavong Khoutphaythoun also noted the growing flow of visitors between the two capital cities, adding that most of the tourists travel on their own. He suggested the two sides conduct joint research to develop tours and tourism promotion centres in their respective countries.

The Vientiane leader took the occasion to invite Hanoi’s officials to a tourism conference of Mekong countries which will be held in Laos next year.

He also asked the Vietnamese capital city for further support and experience exchange in running all-level people’s councils, administrative reform and human resources training.

Agreeing with his guest, Secretary Hoang Trung Hai said information liaison and experience exchange are necessary for deepening engagements.

Hanoi always considers relations with Laos and Vientiane an integral part of the city’s external relation policy, he stressed, highlighting various joint activities in the framework of the memorandum of understanding signed between Hanoi and Vientiane in September 2015 on bilateral cooperation.-VNA