HCM City, Lao capital step up cooperation hinh anh 1Nguyen Van Nen (L), Secretary of the HCM City Party Committee, and Anouphap Tounalom, Chairman of the Vientiane People’s Council at the meeting (Photo: VNA)
Vientiane (VNA) – A visiting high-level delegation from Ho Chi Minh City on May 26 held talks with a delegation of the Lao capital Vientiane, headed by Chairman of the municipal People’s Council Anouphap Tounalom.

The sides informed each other on their localities’ respective socio-economic and Party building situations. They were both delighted by the fact that the cities, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, signed their memorandum of understanding (MoU) on cooperation for 2021-2025 in October last year.

HCM City head delegate Nguyen Van Nen, who is a Poliburo member and Secretary of the municipal Party Committee, thanked Vientiane’s assistance for his city’s pandemic prevention and control works.

Both delegations agreed to soon identify specific solutions to realise their MoU which covered the promotion of economic exchanges, business facilitation, and tourism activities.

Exchanges of delegations at all levels and training of young people on the countries’ history and special friendship are also important, they said.

The HCM City side said it will continue to grant scholarships for Lao students, and create favourable conditions for public personnel from Vientiane to join studies and share experiences in education, high-tech agriculture, finance, tax, administrative reform, e-government building, and digital transformation.

Concluding the event, HCM City presented 10 sets of equipment serving virtual meetings and 40 graduate and postgraduate scholarships to the Lao side.

The Vietnamese delegation is paying a working visit to Laos from May 25 – 29./.