HCM City leaders highlight growing ties with Lao localities hinh anh 1The working session between the Lao delegation and HCM City's officials (Photo: VNA)

HCM City (VNA) – Top leaders of Ho Chi Minh City had a working session on March 10 with visiting Lao National Assembly Chairwoman Pany Yathotou.
At the session, Secretary of the Party Committee of Ho Chi Minh City Dinh La Thang highlighted growing relations between the city and Lao localities in recent years, affirming that the top Lao legislator’s working trip to HCM City contributes to strengthening these cooperative ties. 

HCM City is now an economic, cultural and technical hub, and have friendship relations with many localities worldwide, he said, adding that the city is twinned with Vientiane capital and Champasak province. HCM City is also cooperating with other Lao provinces, including Savanakhet, Xiangkhouang and Attapeu, in different fields such as politics, economy, trade, investment, culture and arts.

For her part, NA Chairwoman Pany Yathotou said her visit to Vietnam aims to promote relations between the two Parties, legislatures and people and tighten cooperative ties between HCM City and Lao localities.

She suggested HCM City enhance efficiency of cooperation with Lao localities, saying that this will help boost mutual understanding, solidarity and friendship between Laos and Vietnam.

During the meeting, Chairwoman of the municipal People’s Council Nguyen Thi Quyet Tam briefed the Lao guests on the council’s tasks and functions as well as its experience in developing the People's Council apparatus and improving the qualifications of its members.

Meanwhile, Permanent Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Le Thanh Liem introduced the city’s socio-economic development, policies on attracting foreign investment and supporting small and-medium-sized enterprises, and the outcomes of cooperation between HCM City and Lao localities.

Later on the same day, Chairwoman Pany Yathotou paid a call on former President Truong Tan Sang.

HCM City is the final stopover in the Lao top legislator’s six-day official visit to Vietnam. The Lao leader is scheduled to leave HCM City on March 10 evening.-VNA