(VOV) – The Central Highland provinces of Vietnam and southern provinces in Laos will further boost cooperation in poverty reduction and sustainable rural development.
This agreement was reached between the leaders of the two regions at a working session in Buon Ma Thuot city on June 24.
In recent years, Vietnam’s Central Highland provinces have prioritised fostering cooperation with their southern Lao counterparts, such as Attapeur, Sekong, Salavan, and Champasak in many fields, ranging from politics and national defence to trade, investment and social affairs.
They have helped Laos conduct surveys, develop urban planning, build infrastructure projects and resettle in border areas. Dozens of Central Highlands businesses are currently running cooperative projects in Laos related to wood processing, sugar production, fertilizer manufacturing and industrial crop plantation. They have so far planted more than 49,000 hectares of rubber trees in the country.
The Vietnamese businesses investing in Laos abide by local laws, generate jobs, and carry out social welfare projects including building schools, hospitals and other basic infrastructure facilities. In addition, they have helped train Lao technicians or directly transferred technology to Lao partners.
At the working session, Deputy Head of the Lao Steering Committee for Poverty Reduction and Rural Development Savang Sihavong thanked Vietnam for its assistance in all fields, especially poverty reduction and rural development.
Sihavong said Laos has achieved significant results in recent years but it still faces difficulties, particularly in reducing poverty and promoting rural development. He said he hopes that the Central Highlands region of Vietnam will continue assisting Laos in the future.
Deputy Head of the Central Highland Steering Committee Tran Viet Hung, acknowledged the Lao delegates’ proposals and committed to devising measures to boost bilateral cooperation and support poverty reduction and rural development programs in the country.
Assistance will also be provided to build hamlets, develop infrastructure, transfer technologies, and train managers and skilled workers, said Hung.