Vietnamese Prime Minister, Mr. Pham Minh Chinh, is in Laos today to co-chair the 45th meeting of the Laos-Vietnam Inter-Governmental Committee from 11-12 January.
Mr. Minh Chinh is visiting Laos in response to the invitation of new Lao Prime Minister, Mr. Sonexay Siphandone, to continue their cooperation and strengthen the relationship between the two nations.
This is the first time PM Sonexay would be hosting a foreign leader as the Prime Minister of Laos. This occasion also marks Mr. Chinh’s first visit to Laos as the PM of Vietnam.
Vietnamese Ambassador to Laos, Mr. Nguyen Ba Hung said that the visit aims to put into action international policies established by the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) during its 13th National Congress, with an emphasis on government collaboration.
Mr. Ba Hung also stated that the two Prime Ministers are expected to compare notes on international issues of mutual concern, as well as seek solutions to challenges that affect both nations, thus aiding in peace, security, stability, and development in the region and around the world.
They will also discuss new breakthrough measures to bolster relations and boost comprehensive cooperation in 2023 and also look at ways to improve collaboration more practically and effectively.
The PMs, according to the ambassador, are also expected to sign several major documents as they are scheduled to wrap up the Laos-Vietnam Friendship and Solidarity Year 2022.
A groundbreaking ceremony took place last month for the start of the Bauxite-Alumina Mining Industrial Complex, the largest mining project investment by Vietnam in Laos that would contribute to the socio-economic development of isolated and disadvantaged parts of Sekong province.