At the groundbreaking ceremony (Source: VNA)

Vientiane (VNA) – Construction started on a Vietnam-funded border-guard training institution in Bolykhamsay province in Laos on December 5.

The groundbreaking ceremony saw the participation of Lao Deputy Minister of National Defence Souvone Luongbounmy, who is also Director General of the General Staff Department of the Lao People’s Army (LPA). Vietnamese Ambassador to Laos Nguyen Manh Hung, and representatives from the locality and relevant ministries also attended.

The facility, which is worth 125 billion VND (5.58 million USD) and sits on 16 hectares in Thaphabath district will train and provide 150 border guards for the host Border Defence Force.

Deputy Director General of the General Staff Department of the LPA Chanthong Sonetaat attached significance to the project, saying that it not only contributes to the training of the border defence force, but also helps enhance the capabilities of the LPA.

He also highlighted the commencement of the work amid activities to prepare for the 40 th anniversary of Laos’ National Day, saying that it proves the special solidarity between the two nations.

For his part, Colonel Nguyen Thanh Giang, a representative from the contractor, Corporate No. 36 under the Vietnam Ministry of National Defence and the Economic Cooperation Company in Region 4, pledged to ensure the project is implemented safely and on schedule.
Corporate No.36 has constructed a number of Laos-based facilities, including Bo Keo Provincial Hospital, the Ministry of Public Security’s building in Vientiane, the Laos National Publishing House and Distribution headquarters.-VNA