HCM City (VNA) – Politburo member and Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan held talks with Politburo member of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party and Secretary and Governor of Vientiane Sinlavong Khoutphaythoune on June 15 to discuss progress of cooperation agreement signed between the two cities in 2017.

Nhan wished that both sides would continue promoting information sharing to foster Ho Chi Minh City – Vientiane, and Vietnam – Laos ties, towards the 130th birth anniversary of President Ho Chi Minh, the 100th birth anniversary of President Kaysone Phomvihane and the 60th anniversary of Truong Son Trail.

He believed that Party Committee, authorities and people of Vientiane will continue reaping greater achievements in national development.

The host suggested that the two cities should set clear goals and gear towards more substantial ties, especially in economy.

Ho Chi Minh City will do its best to make practical contributions to traditional friendship and special solidarity between the two nations, he said.

Sinlavong Khoutphaythoune, for his part, thanked the city’s leaders for creating favourable conditions for Party Committee and authorities of Vientiane to share experience in Party and administration building, and local socio-economic development.

He said Vientiane is facing challenges in development, especially drug evil, fiscal deficit and plots by hostile forces. Therefore, his visit aims to seek collaboration in many fields, thus creating a driving force for the development of the two cities.

Both sides agreed to facilitate all-level visits, step up finance-taxation projects, expand trade and investment promotion, and enhance joint work across agriculture and rural development, including animal husbandry and cow meat processing.

They vowed to direct agencies and firms to share experience in fields of shared concern, and offer all possible support for Ho Chi Minh City’s District 5 and Vientiane’s Sikhottabong district to partner together.-VNA