Lao National Assembly Pany Yathotou receives Deputy Minister of Construction Le Quang Hung (Photo: VNA)

Vientiane (VNA) – A ground-breaking ceremony for a building of the Lao parliament, a gift from Vietnam to Laos, will be held on July 18, 2017, which is also the day the two countries signed the Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation in 1977.

The information was unveiled by an inter-sectoral delegation of the Vietnamese Government which is in Laos to prepare for the construction of the building while they met Chairwoman of the Lao National Assembly Pany Yathotou.

Vietnam’s Deputy Minister of Construction Le Quang Hung said the project, a gift from the Party, Government and people of Vietnam, is very important and attracts great attention from the Vietnamese Party and Government. The Government assigned the Ministry of Construction as the investor and Army Corps 11 of the Defence Ministry as the constructor.

He said the headquarters is set to be put into trial operation in the first quarter of 2020 and officially handed over to Laos in the fourth quarter of the year.

He pledged the Vietnamese side will coordinate with Laos to soon finalise the design and construct the house as scheduled so that the building will deserve a symbol of the two countries’ special solidarity and friendship as expected by their leaders and peoples.

Chairwoman Yathotou said the delegation’s visit to discuss and survey the construction site illustrates the Vietnamese Party, State and Government’s great attention to the project.

She stressed that the building is not only meaningful in terms of politics but also a symbol of the special Laos-Vietnam relationship for future generations.

She asked both sides to work closely to be unanimous in every issue to ensure the project’s schedule and quality.

In an official visit to Laos by Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong in November 2016, the Party, State and people of Vietnam decided to present their Lao counterpart with a parliament building worth 100 million USD in That Luang Square of Vientiane capital.-VNA