The education departments of HCM City and the Lao capital of Vientiane will work to strengthen co-operation between high schools in both cities towards improving teaching quality and developing skilled human resources.

Under a memorandum of understanding signed by representatives of two cities in Vientiane on April 11, the Vientiane-HCM City Friendship High School will be upgraded and the Vietnamese language taught in the near future.

The MoU was signed during a meeting between a high-ranking mission from HCM City led by Le Thanh Hai, Secretary of the HCM City Party Committee, and a delegation led by Sombath Yialyher, Secretary of the Vientiane Party Committee as well as the capital city's mayor.

They agreed to boost comprehensive cooperation between the two cities, especially in education and commerce.

The Lao officials pledged to create favourable conditions for Vietnamese businesses to further invest in projects in Vientiane and other localities in their country.

The meeting was held during the HCM City delegation's five-day visit to Laos that will end on April 14.

On April 11, the Vietnamese delegation was received by Choummaly Satyason, General Secretary of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party and President of Laos.

The delegation also met with Lao Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong who called on both sides to better tap the great potential that exists for co-operation between the two cities and the two countries./.