The Kaysone Phomvihane cultural centre, built with nine million USD from the Government of Vietnam, was handed over to Laos’ central province of Savanakhet at a ceremony on January 7.

The centre is a gift from the Communist Party of Vietnam ( CPV ), Vietnamese State and its people to the Lao People Revolutionary Party (LPRP), government and its people. The idea was announced during the Laos visit of CPV General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong in 2011.

Addressing the hand-over event, Deputy Director of the CPV Central Committee’s Office Nguyen Huy Cuong said the cultural centre, which includes four blocks covering 1,355 square metres, was a beautiful symbol of the solidarity and traditional friendship between the two countries and their people.

On his part, Governor of Savanakhet province Souphanh Keomisay thanked Vietnam ’s Party, State and people for their help to Laos over the past decades.

The centre would help to improve local people’s spiritual lives and enhance the traditional friendship between the two countries, he added.-VNA