Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh (L) and Chairwoman of the National Assembly of Laos Pany Yathotou (Source: VNA)
 
Vientiane (VNA) – Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh and Chairwoman of the National Assembly of Laos Pany Yathotou expressed their delight at closer ties between the two legislatures during a meeting in Vientiane on June 20.

Both sides spoke highly of the sharing of information and expertise between the two legislatures’ units as well as effective cooperation in their external activities, especially at regional and global parliamentary forums such as the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly and the Inter-Parliamentary Union.

The Vice President suggested working closely together to refine legal regulations in each country as well as oversee law enforcement, supporting necessary changes to mechanisms, policies and laws to boost bilateral trade and investment.

Yathotou, for her part, said amidst complicated developments in the region and the world, the Vietnamese and Lao Parties, States, parliaments and people need to strive to uphold long-standing ties, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation in the fields of politics, diplomacy, national defence-security, economy, trade, investment, culture, education and people-to-people exchange.

She lauded the new NA House of Laos as a meaningful gift of the Vietnamese Party, State, NA and people, an invaluable symbol and heritage of the Vietnam – Laos special solidarity.

Host and guest agreed to accelerate the construction of the building to ensure its quality and progress.

Meeting with President of the Lao Women’s Union (LWU) Central Committee Inlavan Keobounphan the same day, Thinh highly valued ties between LWU and the Vietnam Women’s Union in the cause of promoting gender equality, women emancipation, health care for women and children, and especially educating young generations about maintaining and upholding the tradition of bilateral special solidarity.

On the occasion, she congratulated Keobounphan on being awarded the Independence Order, second class – a noble distinction of the Vietnamese State in honour of her contributions to bilateral ties.

In the morning the same day, Vice President Thinh laid a wreath at a monument dedicated to unknown martyrs in Vientiane, visited Thatluang pagoda, and presented five sets of computers to a gifted boarding school for ethnic students under the National University of Laos. The school was built in 2006 using non-refundable aid from the Vietnamese government.

In the afternoon, she visited headquarters of the Star Telecom company – a joint venture with Vietnam’s military-run telecom provider Viettel. It is now the most modern Internet 4G service supplier with nearly 3 million subscribers, accounting for 52 percent of market share in Laos.

Meeting Vietnamese nationals in the embassy, Thinh presented 80 gifts from the National Fund for Vietnamese Children to outstanding Vietnamese students in the country.-VNA