The signing of cooperation agreements between the two localities (Source: VNA)

Quang Binh (VNA) – Officials of the central province of Quang Binh and the Lao province of Savannakhet on October 12 agreed to promote cooperation in trade, investment, and tourism, as well as to work closely in educating the two countries’ peoples on their bilateral friendship and special solidarity.

They reached the agreement during their talks in Quang Binh held as part of the working visit to Quang Binh by a high-ranking delegation from Savannakhet’s led by Governor Santiphap Phomvihane.

At the event, representatives from the two localities also signed several cooperation agreements.

The two sides informed each other of their respective socio-economic developments, defence-security situation, and party-building progress; while reviewing the implementation of contents in the minutes of the talks signed on September 26, 2016 in Savannakhet.

They agreed to continue coordination in building National Road 9B from Quang Binh to Savannakhet’s Chutmut-Lavin.

Quang Binh will help Savannakhet train 20 students each year in education establishments in the Vietnamese locality over the academic years of 2018-2019 and 2019-2020.

The two provinces will continue to maintain rotational exchanges between their border working missions and border protection and management forces in order to soundly address issues related to border work in line with the Vietnam-Laos agreement on border regulations.

They will also regularly share information concerning border management and protection, especially in thwarting reactionaries’ plots to sabotage and split the Vietnam-Laos solidarity; and in preventing drug trafficking, smuggling, and transport of firearms and explosives, as well as illegal crossings.

On the occasion, on behalf of the Lao President and Prime Minister, Santiphap Phomvihane presented the first-class Labour Order to Quang Binh authorities; as well as the second-class Freedom Order to Hoang Dang Quang, Secretary of the Quang Binh province’s Party Committee. He also honoured other officials of the Vietnamese locality.

Secretary of the provincial Party Committee Quang presented certificates of merit from the Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee to three organisations and six individuals who made great contributions to building and developing the friendship and cooperation between the two localities.–VNA