In an interview granted to Vietnam News Agency on the threshold of the visit, Ambassador Hung noted that the visit, the first official visit of Sonexay Siphandone to Vietnam as the PM of Laos, and the 46th meeting of the Vietnam-Laos Inter-Governmental Committee to be co-chaired by the two PMs, provide a chance for the two sides to update each other on the situation of each country and discuss international and regional issues of shared concern.

Vietnamese Ambassador to Laos Nguyen Ba Hung 

The two sides will also review and evaluate the implementation of high-level agreements and cooperation deals between the two governments that were reached at the 45th session of the Vietnam-Laos Inter-Governmental Committee held in January 2023, and sketch out orientations and breakthrough measures to continue to make bilateral cooperation deeper, more effective and practical in 2024, said Ambassador Hung.

The diplomat highlighted major achievements in the Vietnam-Laos ties in 2023, particularly in the exchange of delegations at high level.

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh (right) and Lao Prime Minister Sonexay Siphandone 

During the year, the two sides exchanged about 300 delegations and most key leaders of both countries made visits to the other country or engaged in meetings on the sidelines of international events, contributing to strengthening mutual trust and reaching many important agreements with strategic meaning to the relations between the two countries in the long term.  

The two sides have made security-defense cooperation a firm pillar of bilateral ties, and coordinated with Cambodia to successfully organize the first Vietnam-Laos-Cambodia border defense friendship exchange.

Economic, scientific-technical, cultural and education cooperation continued to develop. Last year, Vietnam maintained its position among the largest foreign investors in Laos, while bilateral trade recorded good growth, the ambassador noted, adding that collaboration among agencies of the Parties, National Assemblies as well as ministries, sectors, localities and businesses of the two sides was expanded and strengthened. Vietnam and Laos also kept close coordination at international and regional forums, especially the U.N., ASEAN and the Mekong Sub-Region.

Ambassador Hung underlined that the two sides are paying great attention to boosting bilateral economic cooperation, which is defined as one of the important drivers for the bilateral partnership.

Economic cooperation between Vietnam and Laos is being promoted in both quality and number, especially through the speeding up of major joint projects with strategic meaning, said the diplomat, noting that many Vietnamese-funded projects were put into operation last year, including Nongkhang airport in Houaphanh and Laos-Vietnam Friendship Hospital in Xiengkhuang.

The Lao Government is working hard to further improve the country’s investment environment to meet the requirements of Vietnamese businesses, Hung said.

The ambassador said he believes that the 46th meeting of the Vietnam-Laos Inter-Governmental Committee will create breakthrough steps forwards in the bilateral economic partnership, making it deeper and more effective in the coming time, and turning economic cooperation a firm pillar of the Vietnam-Laos ties along with other pillars of politics and security-defense.

Source: VNA