An agreement to intensify the two sides’ traditional friendship and cooperation has been reached during a working visit to Laos’ southern provinces made by a delegation from Kon Tum province in the Central Highlands.

During the March 19-23 visit, Secretary of the Kon Tum provincial Party Committee Ha Ban and the leaders of the Lao provinces including Attapeu, Sekong, Salavan and Champasak agreed to increase effective cooperation programmes.

Accordingly, Kon Tum will aid the Lao provinces in Vietnamese, English and healthcare training.

To continue the implementation of the two sides’ inked Memorandums of Understanding on building a friendly and peaceful common border, and furthering cooperation in various fields, both sides will work together to set up a network of border markets.

Besides, both sides have pledged to realise the Vietnam-Laos Agreement on National Border Regulations, and the guidelines and policies of the two Parties and Governments efficiently.

On this occasion, Kon Tum funded Attapeu province with 5 billion VND (238,000 USD) to construct a dormitory for Lao ethnic groups, and provided Sekong and Salavan provinces with 500 million VND (23,810 USD) each to improve their education and healthcare services.-VNA