Meeting with the Lao NA leader, both sides glowingly spoke of the sharing of information and expertise between the two law-making bodies as well as fruitful cooperation in their external activities, especially at regional and global parliamentary forums such as the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly and the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU). They also showed their elation at the sound relations between the two legislatures over the past years.
Vice President Thinh suggested the two sides work more closely to revamp legal regulations in each country, supervise law enforcement, and make necessary changes to mechanisms, policies and laws to enhance bilateral trade and investment.
The top Lao legislator appreciated the outcomes of the talks between Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh and her Lao counterpart Phankham Viphavanh, saying it has contributed to accelerating the implementation of signed agreement on different fields of cooperation.
Yathotou said amidst complicated developments in the region and the world, the Vietnamese and Lao Parties, States, parliaments and people need to make greater efforts in upholding long-standing ties and augmenting special solidarity and all-around cooperation in politics, diplomacy, national defence-security, economy, trade, investment, culture, education and people-to-people exchange.
She highlighted the new NA House of Laos as a meaningful gift of the Vietnamese Party, State, NA and people, an invaluable symbol and heritage of the Vietnam – Laos special solidarity.
The two leader concurred to speed up the construction of the building to ensure its quality and progress.
Meeting with President of the Lao Women’s Union (LWU) Central Committee Inlavan Keobounphan the same day, the Vietnamese Vice President spoke of her appreciation for ties between LWU and the Vietnam Women’s Union in the cause of promoting gender equality, women emancipation, health care for women and children, and especially educating young generations about maintaining and upholding the tradition of bilateral special solidarity.
On the occasion, she congratulated Keobounphan on receiving the Independence Order, second class – a noble distinction of the Vietnamese State in honour of her contributions to bilateral ties.
In the morning the same day, Vice President Thinh laid a wreath at a memorial for unknown martyrs in Vientiane, visited Thatluang pagoda, and presented five sets of computers to a gifted boarding school for ethnic students under the National University of Laos. The school was built in 2006 using non-refundable aid from the Vietnamese government.
In the afternoon, she visited headquarters of the Star Telecom company – a joint venture with Vietnam’s military-run telecom provider Viettel. It is currently the most modern Internet 4G service provider with nearly 3 million subscribers, holding 52% of market share in Laos.
Meeting oversea Vietnamese representatives at the Embassy, Thinh presented 80 gifts from the National Fund for Vietnamese Children to outstanding Vietnamese students.