Vietnam-Laos Friendship Association in Ho Chi Minh City convened its second congress on August 2 (Source:voh.com.vn)
HCM City (VNA) – The Vietnam-Laos Friendship Association in Ho Chi Minh City (VLFA-HCMC) convened its second congress on August 2 to review its performance in the 2011-2016 tenure and lay out tasks for the next five years.

Addressing the event, VLFA-HCMC Chairman for 2011-2016 Phan Xuan Bien highlighted the special relationship between Vietnam and Laos, as well as the responsibility taken on by the association’s HCM City chapter to contribute to cultivating the friendship and solidarity between the two countries, and the Vietnamese southern metropolis’ ties with Lao localities in particular.

The congress agreed to step up communication work, especially among the two countries’ young generations, in order to raise public awareness of the bilateral ties.

The association aims to outstandingly fulfill its role as a bridge between the two neighbours and constructively partake in their external activities, thus helping enhance mutual understanding.

In a parallel effort, the association will work to promote economic cooperation between HCM City and Lao localities along with supporting Lao students in the city.

During the past tenure, the VLFA-HCMC made pragmatic and effective contributions to bolstering the collaboration and friendship between HCM City and Lao localities, the congress heard.

The congress elected a 27-member executive board of the VLFA-HCMC for 2016-2021 with Huynh Cach Mang, Vice Chairman of the HCM City People’s Committee, as the new head of the chapter.-VNA