Border guards at the Sen But Border Station at the 579 border marker on the Vietnam - Laos border (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – A joint project on increasing and upgrading border markers along the Vietnam – Laos border was reviewed at a conference in Hanoi on May 19, aiming to better the management of the border in the future.

The event was jointly organised by Vietnam ’s National Border Commission under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

According to Head of the Commission’s Western Border Department Thai Xuan Dung, the project was jointly developed by Vietnam and Laos in 2004.

It aims to upgrade the network of Vietnam – Laos border markers and complete the relevant legal framework, Dung said.

Under the project, up to 1,002 border markers and stakes were built, and the database of the border maps was upgraded to facilitate border management.

A number of agreements have been signed on demarcation and border management, contributing to developing the traditional friendship and special solidarity between the two nations, Dung said.

Vietnam and Laos share a border of about 2,340 km that runs across 10 Vietnamese provinces: Dien Bien, Son La, Thanh Hoa, Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri, Thua Thien-Hue, Quang Nam and Kon Tum.

The line also passes by 10 Lao provinces: Phongsaly, Luang Prabang, Houaphan, Bolykhamsay, Khammoune, Savannakhet, Salavan, Xiengkhouang, Sepon and Attapeu.-VNA