Participants of the Vietnam - Laos youth friendship gathering pose for a photo (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – A friendship gathering of Vietnamese and Lao youths took place in Hanoi on September 6, during which a cooperation pact for 2017-2022 was signed between the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union and the Lao People's Revolutionary Youth Union.

Addressing the opening of the event, National Assembly Vice Chairwoman Tong Thi Phong stressed the Vietnamese and Lao parties and governments always create best conditions possible for bilateral youth engagements.

She said the two youth unions have effectively implemented their cooperation agreement for 2012 – 2017.

Phong praised practical contents added to their new pact for 2017 – 2022, saying these joint projects are appropriate to socio-economic growth conditions and meet current demand of young people.

She said she believes the young generations will join hands to protect and foster the special relations between Vietnam and Laos.

Le Quoc Phong, First Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union Central Committee, highlighted outcomes of cooperation with the Lao People's Revolutionary Youth Union during the 2012 – 2017.

He cited the organisation of youth exchanges, training courses on the history of Vietnam – Laos friendship and on capacity building for Lao youth activists, and voluntary activities in Laos.

Sonethanou Thammavong, Secretary of the Lao People's Revolutionary Youth Union Central Committee, stated the gathering helps educate young people about Vietnam – Lao special solidarity and the significance of the two countries setting up relations and signing of a Treaty of Amity and Cooperation.    

As part of the event, together more than 200 Vietnamese and Lao youths painted a 55m long picture. The painting is expected to be completed in September and kept at the Vietnamese Youth Museum.

Vietnamese and Lao youths work on the 55m long picture of friendship (Photo: VNA)

The Lao youth union delegation will be in Vietnam until September 10 to study operation models of youth unions at a number of universities and enterprises.-VNA