Hanoi (VNA) – The official visit of Member of the Political Bureau, Speaker of the National Assembly (NA) Vuong Dinh Hue and a high -ranking delegation of the National Assembly of Vietnam to the Lao People’s Democratic Republic at the invitation of his Lao counterpart Saysomphone Phomvihane, crowned with success, helps to strengthen cooperative relations, mutual support and assistance between the two ANs and develop great friendship and special unity, the integral cooperation between Vietnam and Laos.
This was stated by the chairman of the NA Foreign Relations Commission, Vu Hai Ha, in an interview with the Vietnamese News Agency.
Lao leaders praised the first official visit of Vuong Dinh Hue as NA Chairman of Vietnam, Vietnam’s first key leader in “The Year of Vietnam-Laos Friendship, Laos-Vietnam 2022”.
The Lao side warmly praised the achievements in socio-economic development and foreign relations made in Vietnam in recent years, especially the good control of the COVID-19 pandemic, the successful initial reopening.
Lao leaders commended Vietnam for successfully hosting the 5th Plenum of the 13th Central Committee which had a lot of important content and was on track to host the 31st SEA Games, proving Vietnam’s confidence, self-confidence and international stance.
During his official visit to Laos from May 15 to 17, NA President Vuong Dinh Hue and his suite have a full schedule of activities with 27 official activities.
In Vientiane, the Speaker of the National Assembly, Vuong Dinh Hue, met with his counterpart Saysomphone Phomvihane; had meetings with Secretary General, President of Laos Thongloun Sisoulith, Prime Minister of Laos Phankham Viphavanh and visited former Secretary General and President of Laos Bounnhang Vorachith, former Lao Prime Minister and former NA President from Laos Thongsing Thammavong.
During talks and meetings, the two leaders of the two countries outlined that, in the face of the complex evolution of the international and regional situation, both parties clearly saw the interest in maintaining and improving develop close neighborly relationships. , faithful and unique for the security and development of Vietnam and Laos, that they are considered the law of development and of vital importance and one of the decisive factors for the success of the revolutionary work of each country.
They were pleased to note that over the past few years, the two sides have made joint efforts to maintain regular visits, high-level contact and bilateral cooperation mechanisms, and have achieved results from the relations in the fields of defense, security, education and training, transportation. and decentralized cooperation.
Bilateral trade in the first four months of 2022 reached $ 558.2 million, up 20.2% from the same period in 2021. Vietnam maintained its position as the third largest foreign investor in Laos, with 214 valid projects amounting to approximately $ 5.33 billion in registered capital.
The two sides agreed to work together to vigorously and effectively implement the agreements and results of recent high-level visits, including the Vietnam-Laos Strategic Cooperation Agreement for 2021-2030 and the Bilateral Cooperation Agreement. Vietnam-Laos for the period 2021-2025, to properly coordinate meaningful activities within the framework of the Year of Vietnam-Laos Friendship and Solidarity, Laos-Vietnam 2022.
NA President Vuong Dinh Huê and his Lao counterpart, Saysomphone Phomvihane, co-chaired a workshop in Vientiane to share experiences of the post-Covid-19 pandemic on socio-economic recovery and development mechanisms and policies.
Laos NA President Saysomphone Phomvihane said the workshop was an opportunity for the two NAs to share experiences in implementing the role of legislative bodies in developing policies and laws to promote post-Covid -19 socio-economic recovery and development.
Vuong Dinh Hue pointed out that this is the first workshop under the cooperation agreement between the two NAs, signed on May 16.
The two leaders expressed their belief that during the workshop, government agencies, deputies, members of local people’s councils will jointly exchange practical experiences and actively discuss to clarify the issues. common concern.
During the meeting of Vietnamese business representatives in Laos, NA President Vuong Dinh Hue, Lao Deputy Prime Minister Sonexay Siphandon and Lao NA Vice President Sommad Pholsena listened to the wishes and aspirations. proposal from Vietnamese companies, emphasizing that Vietnamese-invested projects in Laos have actively contributed to promoting socio-economic development in Laos.
NA President Vuong Dinh Hue expressed his hope that businesses in Vietnam and Laos will work harder to make improvements in economic, trade and investment relations in the field of quantity and quality to bring practicality. benefits to both countries and their business communities and residents. – VNA