Vietnamese, Lao, Cambodian youths seek stronger cooperation hinh anh 1Overview of the conference (Photo: VNA)

HCM City (VNA) – More than 30 delegates representing the youth of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia gathered at a conference in Ho Chi Minh City on September 8 to share experience in organising activities of youth unions.

The event is part of activities marking the 55th founding anniversary of Vietnam-Laos diplomatic relations, 40 years of the signing of the Vietnam-Laos Treaty of Amity and Cooperation, and the 50th anniversary of the establishment of Vietnam-Cambodia ties.

The participants focused on discussions on measures to enhance the efficiency of education among youngsters on traditional friendship and comprehensive cooperation among the three countries, as well as ways to promote connectivity among young entrepreneurs of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.

They also shared experience in supporting youngsters in setting up shop and beginning startups, along with solutions to foster cooperation among the youth of the three countries in volunteer activities for the community and social welfare.

Le Quoc Phong, First Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union Central Committee, said that the youth organisations have shared sound cooperation both bilaterally and multilaterally. They have also coordinated closely at multilateral youth forums such as the ASEAN, ASEAN Plus, the Mekong Sub-region Youth Forum and the World Federation of Democratic Youth.

Nguyen Van Thang, Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union of Hanoi, said that the youth organisations should focus on three major issues: popularising the Party and State’s policy in encouraging innovative startups; supporting the youth in accessing capital and connecting domestic and foreign startup communities; and providing policy advices in support of young people’s startups.

The Lao delegation suggested that youngsters of the three countries should alternately hold a forum to share experience in startup and attracting investment.

Meanwhile, the Cambodian delegation proposed the formation of a young entrepreneur council of Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos, and an annual forum for young businesspeople to meet and exchange.

In the framework of the conference from September 7-9, the participants laid flowers at the statue of late President Ho Chi Minh and visited a number of historical sites in Ho Chi Minh City as well as the Vietnam National University – HCM City and the Saigon Hi-Tech Park.

The Vietnam-Lao-Cambodia Youth Cooperation Forum was first held in Vietnam in 2014 as an initiative of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union. The annual forum has been held in turn among the three countries.-VNA