Vietnamese firms in Laos gather to propose measures against difficulties hinh anh 1Vietnamese Ambassador to Laos Nguyen Ba Hung at  the event (Photo: VNA)

Vientiane (VNA) – Over 100 Vietnamese firms doing business in Laos joined a conference in Vientiane on November 22 to collect raise their ideas to be submitted to the two Prime Ministers so as to ease difficulties they are facing.

Speaking at the event, Vietnamese Ambassador to Laos Nguyen Ba Hung said that with socio-political stability and great bilateral friendship, Laos is now Vietnam’s largest source of outbound investment, adding that as a member of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership deal, Laos will realise policy and mechanism reform to create more favourable conditions for foreign firms, including Vietnamese.

As many as 14 corporate representatives spoke highly of the Lao Government’s support for Vietnamese enterprises in the host country.

They suggested that the Vietnamese Government offer all possible support in terms of capital and resources to Vietnamese firms investing in Laos, such as mechanisms and policies related to land ownership right, export and import of goods and labour.

Enterprises called on the two State banks and governments to consider encouraging the use of Lao and Vietnamese currencies to ease reliance on US dollar and pressure on the shortage of foreign currencies.

Barriers to doing business in Laos should also be removed to carry the Lao economy forward, contributing to further tightening bilateral friendship, they said.

According to the Association of Vietnamese Investors in Laos, Vietnam now ranks third among the countries and territories investing in Laos with over 400 projects worth nearly 4.2 billion USD./.