VN, Laos aim higher on economic, educational, Party building cooperation
09:50 | 07/02/2007
VNGOVNet – As part of his official visit to the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, on February 6, State President Nguyễn Minh Triết visited the Vientiane National University and attended the Vietnam-Laos Business Forum.


President Nguyễn Minh Triết at the Vietnam-Laos Business Forum

Before his visit to the Vientiane National University (VTNU), President Nguyễn Minh Triết had cut the ribbon to inaugurate the Pre-university Aptitude School at the VTNU. This VND 45-billion building is a gift from the Vietnamese Government, designed as a home to 400 talented students from all over Laos. Talking to lecturers and students of the VTNU, the biggest tertiary training institution in Laos with over 28,000 students, President Nguyễn Minh Triết lauded the successful cooperation in education and training between the two countries, especially the sharing of experience and advanced training between the VTNU and 12 Vietnamese universities and research institutes. The President highlighted the fact that the traditional friendship, special unity and comprehensive cooperation between the two countries are being continued by the two Parties, two States and two peoples. That cooperation focuses on economy, education and Party construction, said President Nguyễn Minh Triết.

The President added, "Of those respects of cooperation, economy should be a top priority because the two countries remain poor, requiring us to better cooperate with each other for the sake of development. To develop, we need trained human resources and it is the universities that produce those people for the country. We should also deepen bilateral cooperation in Party building because Vietnam and Laos share the same target of advance to socialism."

Addressing the Vietnam-Laos Business Forum, President Nguyễn Minh Triết prodded enterprises of the two countries to build up an above-the-average partnership, saying that formerly, Lao people shed blood for Vietnam’s independence and freedom, now Vietnam is morally bound to help Laos, especially with economic development. "Mutual assistance for development is not only a duty but the command from the heart of each Vietnamese,” said the President.

President Nguyễn Minh Triết revealed that Vietnam had decided to exempt Laos from negotiations on WTO accession. He said he had requested the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry to organize a Vietnam-Laos business forum in Hanoi soon as a catalyst for Vietnamese and Lao enterprises in their search for investment and business opportunities. The localities sharing the common borderline should strengthen their direct cooperation to facilitate enterprises' operation, the President said, confirming that as tough as its conditions are, Vietnam is still committed to strive its best to help Laos.

By Hoàng Nguyên Hồ

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