Yathotou is visiting Vietnam for celebrations to mark the 55th anniversary of the Vietnam- Laos diplomatic ties and the 40th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation between the two countries.
During the meeting, Vice Secretary of the provincial Party Committee Nguyen Dac Quynh gave her an overview of the Vietnam-Laos cooperation in providing training courses for students from northern Laos in Son La.
Son La has built and implemented plans for human resources training cooperation between the two sides that meets the needs of northern Lao provinces, he said, adding that the locality has issued four resolutions on educational support for Lao students since 2008.
More than 1,700 Lao students have enrolled in college and university courses in Son La to date; of whom, 150 governmental officials have received training in political theory and state management since 2008. The province also sent 49 officials and students to study in Laos during the period.
Speaking at the event, Chairwoman Pany Yathotou appreciated the province’s support to Lao students in spite of its difficulties, describing it as “limitless and borderless.”
She noted that about 12,000 Lao students are studying across Vietnam while many of the alumni have become key officials of the Lao Party and Government.
She also urged the Lao students to study hard as they are the future generations of Laos who are responsible for lifting Laos out of poverty by 2020 and turning the country into a developed nation by 2030.-