Secretary of the HCM City Party Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan (R) receives President of the Lao Front for National Construction Saysomphone Phomvihane (Photo: VNA)

HCM City (VNA) – Ho Chi Minh City always attaches importance to boosting the friendship and cooperation with Laos and its localities in all fields, said Secretary of the municipal Party Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan.

The Vietnamese government and local authorities will spare no efforts to deepen the Vietnam-Laos special relationship, he said while receiving President of the Lao Front for National Construction Saysomphone Phomvihane in the city on March 21.

Sharing the city’s significant development plans in the coming time, Nhan said along with the implementation of seven breakthrough programmes and Party building programme, HCM City has recently launched two more, one of which to build the southern hub into a smart city.

The city has also focused its resources on implementing the National Assembly’s Resolution 54 on special mechanisms and policies in terms of apparatus, land management, investment and finance-state budget, he added.

At the meeting, Saysomphone Phomvihane expressed his condolences over the passing of former Prime Minister Phan Van Khai, who passed away on March 17.

He said the two countries’ cooperation has been thriving, especially in 2017 when they celebrated the 55th anniversary of diplomatic ties and the 40th year since the signing of the Vietnam-Laos Treaty on Amity and Cooperation.

Cooperation programmes between HCM City and Laos have been effectively implemented and mutual visits have been frequently made by high-ranking delegations of the city and Lao localities, he said.

The Lao official also voiced his belief that the bilateral special relations will be strengthened, and HCM City will continue to join hands with Lao localities to carry out the two countries’ joint programmes.-VNA