The event with more than 300 delegates from Vietnam-Laos bordering provinces in attendance, is a chance for them to give an in-depth and comprehensive analysis of the role of the political systems and ethnic minority communities along the border line in nurturing the time-honoured relationship between the two neighbouring countries.
In his speech, Politburo member and Permanent Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh described the conference as another chance for the two countries to further promote the ties as well as the closeness between the ethnic groups living along the sides of the Truong Son mountain range.
In turn, Politburo member and President of the Central Committee of the Lao Front for National Construction Saysomphone Phomvihane stated that the traditional and long-standing relations of solidarity and friendship between the two nations have become an exemplary role model in the international relations in the fast changing world.
Presentations at the conference touched upon poverty reduction and sustainable development in mountainous and ethnic minority areas, lessons on preservation and upholding traditional cultural values of the ethnic minority communities along the Vietnam – Laos border line, and experience in the building of the unity among those communities in the context of international integration.
Earlier, the Lao delegation burnt incense at the Vietnam – Laos international cemetery in Nghe An province for more than 11,000 Vietnamese voluntary soldiers and military experts who laid down their lives in Laos.