Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung on March 14 visited Laos ’ northern province of Houaphan.

At a meeting with Houaphan key leaders, Dung spoke highly of the friendship and cooperative ties between the province and Vietnamese localities, especially Son La, Thanh Hoa and Nghe An provinces, which border Houaphan.

Dung said he hoped the special ties, which cover various fields such as security, defence, economics, culture, education and health, will continue developing in the coming time.

Vietnam will pay due attention to implementing an agreement inked by the two Governments on the 2020 Vietnam-Laos cooperation strategy in Houaphan and Xieng Khouang, added Dung.

Khamhung Huongvongsi, Houaphan’s Party Secretary and Governor, expressed his gratitude for the support and assistance the Party, Government and people of Vietnam have provided to the province.

He briefed Dung on his province’s potential and a number of important projects to be carried out in the coming time, and pledged to try his best to contribute to strengthening the special friendship between the two countries.

On behalf of the Vietnamese Government, Dung presented 1 million USD to help the province build a foreign language centre.

Vietnamese credit institutions and the association of Vietnamese investors in Laos also offered 300,000 USD to the province.

The same day, PM Dung and his Lao counterpart Thongsing Thammavong attended a ceremony to commence construction on an international airport in Houaphan, which is funded by Vietnam’s Hoang Anh Gia Lai Group. This is the second airport in Laos the group has invested in.

On the occasion, Dung paid homage to a monument in memory of former President Kaysone Phomvihane, and visited Pha Den Cave. -VNA