The MoU was signed by Deputy Secretary of the Party Committee and Chairman of the People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City Phan Van Mai and Vanxay Phengsoumma, Secretary of the Party Committee and Governor of Houaphanh during the latter's visit to the Vietnamese Southern economic hub.

Phan Van Mai, Chairman of the People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City (right, first row) and Vanxay Phengsoumma, Governor of Houaphanh province of Laos (left, first row) at the signing ceremony

Under the deal, the two sides agree to continue to strengthen their political ties and promote the exchange of delegations in contribution to cultivating the special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between the two countries in general, and between Ho Chi Minh City and Houaphanh province in particular, in a more stable manner.

In the 2022-2025 period, Ho Chi Minh City and Houaphanh will continue to create favorable conditions for agencies and enterprises of the two localities to strengthen investment cooperation in the fields of infrastructure, education, health, information and tourism.

Mai said the signing of the MoU will lay the foundation for building a cooperation program between the two localities in the new period.

The city wishes to cooperate comprehensively with Houaphanh province, focusing on tourism and trade, he said.

Ho Chi Minh City is willing to provide scholarships for undergraduate and post-graduate students from the Lao province, exchange experience and organize training courses to improve qualifications for its officials, Mai said, adding that it is also ready to cooperate with Houaphanh in sharing experience in developing high-tech agriculture and agricultural products processing.

For his part, Vanxay Phengxumma thanked Ho Chi Minh City for its assistance to the province in recent years, especially in infrastructure construction and providing scholarships for its students. He also hoped to continue receiving support from Ho Chi Minh City in human resources training.

Source: VNA