Vientiane (VNA) – The Ministry of Education and Training of Vietnam and the Ministry of Education and Physical Training of Laos held a ground-breaking ceremony for three education facilities in Vientiane, Laos on November 14.

Total investment for the construction is 84 billion VND (about 4 million USD), which comes from the Vietnamese Government’s non-refundable aid.

Of the total, 20.2 billion VND (889,400 USD) will be spent for the second phase of the Vietnam-Laos friendship high school, 40.14 billion VND (1.77 million USD) for the renovation of the dormitory for foreign students at the National University of Laos and the remaining for the construction of Vietnamese language department at Souphanouvong University.

Lao Deputy Minister of Education and Sports Kongsi Sengmani thanked Vietnam for the country’s support, saying that construction of those education facilities takes place when the two countries are celebrating the 40th anniversary of the signing of the Vietnam-Laos Treaty of Amity and Cooperation and the 55th anniversary of diplomatic ties.

He stated that it will help tighten traditional and special solidarity as well as comprehensive cooperation between the two Parties and Governments.

The Lao Government and relevant authorities will create favourable conditions to ensure that the construction is completed as scheduled.-VNA