At the talks, Nguyen Van Nen, Secretary of the HCM City Party Committee, said the MoU helps identify the centers of the sides’ cooperation in the time to come. 

HCM City will offer more scholarships and vocational training for personnel and people from Vientiane studying in the city, he said, adding that assistance for the Lao city in e-government building and trade-investment promotion will also continue.

Scene of the virtual meeting captured in HCM City

Nen stated HCM City will do its best to foster its friendship with Vientiane in contribution to protecting the Vietnam – Laos special relations as well as developing the city’s ties with Lao localities.

For his part, Anouphap Tounalom, Secretary of the Vientiane Party Committee and Chairman of the Vientiane People's Council, said the talks contribute to strengthening the special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between the two parties, states and people in general and between the two cities in particular.

He appreciated HCM City’s support for Vientiane to combat the COVID-19 fight in the past time.

He said he believes under the leadership of Vietnamese Party and Government as well as the city’s authorities, HCM City will soon overcome its current pandemic-induced hardship.

The Lao official recommended the sides pay attention to raise awareness of young people on the nations’ close and faithful ties; promote comprehensive collaboration in accordance with the countries’ special political relations; and strengthen economic, cultural, educational and scientific cooperation in a practical and breakthrough manner.

At the talks, the MoU was signed by Chairman of the HCM City People’s Committee Phan Van Mai and Vientiane Governor Atsaphangthong Siphandone, who reviewed the cities’ sound cooperation during 2016-2020.

Under the MoU, in the 2012-2025 period, the two cities step up the exchange of delegations, trade, economy, culture, and education; as well as the implementation of their investment-trade projects, including the establishment of a HCM City center for commerce and tourism in Vientiane and vice versa.

HCM City will consider an assistance worth USD 500,000 for Vientiane’s project on reforming its budget collection system.

On the occasion, the HCM City-based Saigontourist Holding Company presented five scholarships worth VND 1.5 billion (USD 65,898) to Vientiane.

Source: VNA