Secretary of the Son La provincial Party Committee Hoang Van Chat lauded a visit by Governor of the Lao province of Xaysomboun Thong Loi Silivong as an opportunity to raise mutual understanding during their talks in Son La on June 11.
Chat briefed the guest on the local socio-economic development, Party building, external activities, and outstanding results in agriculture and investment attraction over the past time.
He said over the past years, Son La has offered support to northern Lao provinces, including Xaysomboun, in building key facilities and developing agriculture with technical support, materials and varieties, and selling farm produce.
Silivong, who is also Secretary of the provincial Party Committee, said Xaysomboun mostly relies on hydropower plants and agriculture and expressed his wish that the two provinces will share experience and support each other in the field.
Both sides agreed to raise public awareness of the tradition of special friendship and solidarity, and comprehensive cooperation between Vietnam and Laos, and between Son La and Xaysomboun in particular.
They will jointly hold major celebrations and exchanges and facilitate visits at all levels while enhancing partnership in agriculture, trade promotion, and sharing experience in the fields of culture, health care and education.
Concluding the talks, the two sides signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation for the 2018-2020 period, under which Son La will provide VND5 billion (US$219,750) to Xaysomboun to build a workforce training establishment.
At current, 37 students from Xaysomboun are pursuing study in universities and colleges in Son La, contributing to strengthening the special friendship and comprehensive cooperation between the Parties, States and people of Vietnam and Laos, and between Son La and Xaysomboun in particular.