Scene at the meeting (Photo: VNA)

Hai Duong (VNA) - Visiting Lao Vice President Phankham Viphavanh worked with authorities in the northern province of Hai Duong on July 12.

Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Nguyen Duong Thai informed his guest that Hai Duong grew 7.2 percent in the first half of 2016 despite the nationwide economic slowdown.

As heard at the working session, Hai Duong and Vientiane established twin relations in 1984, with cooperation activities focusing on agro-forestry and trade. Lao students have come to study in Hai Duong and received support from the local authority. Hai Duong has sent experts on farming and planning to Laos and helped Vientiane build a centre for livestock artificial insemination and a kindergarten.

Speaking at the function, Phankham Viphavanh, who is also Politburo member and standing member of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party Central Committee’s Secretariat, lauded the progresses in development that Hai Duong has achieved recently.

As former Chairman of the Laos-Vietnam Friendship Association, Phankham Viphavanh said he will work to boost mutual understanding of the traditional and special relationship between the two countries.

He added that he expects Hai Duong will continue to assist Vientiane along its development path.-VNA