Vietnamese, Lao provinces boost comprehensive cooperation hinh anh 1A joint petrol of Vietnamese, Lao border guards (Illustrative image. Source: VNA)
Quang Nam (VNA) – Vietnam’s central province of Quang Nam and Laos’ southeastern province of Sekong agreed to enhance comprehensive cooperation during a high-level meeting in Tam Ky city, Quang Nam, on August 7.

The two sides concurred to complete a road running from Sekong through Nam Giang – Dac Ta Ooc border gate to Quang Nam province and finalise dossiers proposing the two Governments upgrade the border gate to international one in 2018.

They vowed to jointly implement a protocol on Vietnam-Laos borderline and border markers and an agreement on land border and border gate management regulations, while disseminating respective legal regulations among people in their border areas.

Quang Nam and Sekong will coordinate to ensure political security, and social order and safety in the shared border regions, and protect the borderline and border markers. They will also work to organise investment, trade and tourism promotion conferences in Sekong.

In 2018, the two sides plan to kick off construction of houses for officers and soldiers at the Dac Ta Ooc border gate control station with funding sourced from the Vietnamese Government’s official development assistance (ODA) for Laos.

Each year, Quang Nam province pledged to provide full scholarships to teach Vietnamese and other majors to 25 students from Sekong province.

The two sides will also step up collaboration in the field of healthcare.

On this occasion, empowered by the Lao President, Secretary of the Party Committee and Governor of Sekong Khamphoi Butdavieng granted Isala Orders to nine individuals and Labour Orders to two units in Quang Nam in recognition of their significant contributions to the development of special relations between Vietnam and Laos.-VNA