Viet Nam, Laos boost co-operation

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Viet Nam, Laos boost co-operation

Viet Nam and Laos will continue to promote bilateral  in trade, education and human resources development throughout the rest of the year.

They agreed on this strategy at a meeting of the Viet Nam-Laos co-operation subcommittee in Ha Noi yesterday to review its operations over the past six months and discuss the future.

The two sides will continue exchanges of delegations in various forms and co-ordinate more in the fight against transnational crimes, especially cross-border drug trafficking.

In economic co-operation, they will work together to review Vietnamese projects in Laos to swiftly solve problems, while boosting connections in agriculture and rural development, especially irrigation projects.

They also agreed to improve the quality and effectiveness of their co-operation in education and human resources development for the 2011-20 period, as well as personnel training between the two countries.

So far this year, Viet Nam had invested about US$5 billion in Laos, ranking third among foreign investors in the landlocked country, according to the Ministry of Planning and Investment.

Also yesterday, Deputy Minister of National Defence Senior Lieutenant General Truong Quang Khanh, received visiting Deputy Director of the General Logistics and Technique Department under the Lao People's Army Major General Esamay Luangvanxay.

The host congratulated Laos on its formation of the general department, saying that this represented great progress in the development of its army.

The Vietnamese Ministry of National Defence wass willing to support its Lao counterpart to develop the department, Khanh stressed, adding that the ministry would also work with the Lao army to equip automobiles with diesel engines and set up an explosives analysis centre.

The Lao guest thanked Viet Nam for her goodwill and support, and expressed his hope that the Viet Nam People's Army would continue to assist his country in national defence.

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