Vietnamese, Lao localities talk COVID-19 fight, economic development

A high-level conference between the central border province of Ha Tinh and the Lao provinces of Bolikhamsay and Khammoune took place at Cao Treo international border gate on December 18 to discuss the fight against COVID-19 and economic development.

In ten months of this year, Ha Tinh earned US$103.92 million from exports to Laos, mostly iron, steel, cement, construction materials, farm produce, motorbike spare parts and household appliances; and spent US$167.88 million on imports, including confectionery, beverages, electronics, iron and copper ores.

Speaking at the event, Secretary of the Ha Tinh provincial Party Committee Hoang Trung Dung said the local border guards offered free health check-ups and medicines to Laos. Over 1,058 Lao people, mostly students from Bolikhamsay and Khammuone, are studying in the province. During 2021-2022 academic year, Ha Tinh provided 117 scholarships for the two provinces. Positive results have been recorded in bilateral cooperation in culture, tourism, health care and transportation

Secretary of the Bolikhamsay provincial Party Committee and Governor Kongkeo Xaysongkham wished that Ha Tinh would continue assisting Bolikhamsay in personnel training, as well as jointly hold celebrations for the 60th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties and the 45th anniversary of the signing of Vietnam – Laos Treaty on Amity and Cooperation.

On the occasion, both sides signed a cooperation agreement on COVID-19 prevention and control in various areas.

Ha Tinh presented VND8.2 billion to build a medical station for Bolikhamsay and VND500 million to Khammuone.

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