Lao PM visits Eastern gateway city of East-West Economic Corridor
09:48 | 03/10/2019
VGP – Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith visited the central city of Da Nang on Wednesday as part of his ongoing three-day official visit to Viet Nam.

Deputy Secretary of the Municipal Party Committee Vo Cong Tri (left) welcomes Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith to the central city of Da Nang on October 2, 2019. Photo: VGP 

He was welcomed by Deputy Secretary of the Municipal Party Committee Vo Cong Tri who briefed the guest about recent socio-economic achievements and future development orientations of the city.

Tri said the city has actively signed a number of cooperation programs with Lao partners, including the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with five Lao localities, namely Attapeu, Sekong, Salavan, Champasak and Savannakhet.

Under the MoU, Da Nang has offered assistance for Laos in such fields like education, agriculture, school building, urban planning, Tri added.

Regarding education, nearly 750 Lao students have come to study in Da Nang since 2002. In the 2018-2019 academic year, the city provided 86 scholarships to students from Savannakhet, Attapeu, Salavane and Champasak provinces.

On economic cooperation, Da Nang sent a number of business delegations to attend trade, investment and tourism events with an aim to boost cooperation among localities of 4 countries in the East-West Economic Corridor (EWEC).

Dang Nang is the biggest city and the economic nucleus in central Viet Nam. It is also the Eastern gateway of the EWEC spanning from Myanmar, Thailand, Laos to Viet Nam.

With international airport and seaport, transport connectivity between the Northern region of Thailand and Laos helps facilitate trade exchanges between the two countries and the rest of the world as the EWEC is the shortest way connecting Indian and Pacific Oceans.

By Huong Giang

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