Scene at the working session (Photo: VNA)

Dien Bien (VNA) – A delegation from the National Assembly (NA) Committee for External Affairs met authorities in the northern mountainous province of Dien Bien on April 3 to examine the local implementation of the Vietnam – Laos agreement on tackling free migration and undocumented marriage in their shared border areas.

At the function, Deputy Chairman of the NA committee Nguyen Manh Tien praised efforts made by Dien Bien in carrying out the pact and asked the local authority to study the life of Vietnamese in Laos and help them overcome difficulties.

The delegation noted shortcomings of addressing free migration and undocumented marriage in Vietnam - Laos border areas, which were said to partly stem from poverty among immigrants.

Nguyen Thanh Do, Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee, reported since a project to implement the agreement was approved in 2013, Dien Bien has studied and classified the groups in border areas of Dien Bien, and Laos’ Luang Prabang and Phongsaly provinces.

The three localities are completing their lists on the groups for proposing who will stay and who will leave, he added.

Do said the implementation has contributed to improving the state management of population and national border, adding that it plays an important role in tackling the free migration issue and contributes to border security and socio-economic development of the areas.

Earlier the same day, the delegation worked with authorities in Dien Bien district and officials at the Tay Trang international border gate, while visiting Na U commune to learn about free migration and undocumented marriage here.-VNA