Visiting communist party chief Sombath Yealyheu of Vientiane met with his Ho Chi Minh City counterpart Le Thanh Hai and People's Committee chairman Le Hoang Quan yesterday.
Mr. Yealyheu, who was leading a high-level delegation from the Laotian capital, expressed his pleasure with the growth of Viet Nam generally and Ho Chi Minh City particularly, mentioning Viet Nam’s success in organizing the APEC summit and gaining membership of the World Trade Organization.
Mr. Le Thanh Hai said he wished to foster the established ties between the two cities to match the special friendship between the communist parties and governments of Laos and Viet Nam.
When the formalities were over, the Laos delegation met with local officials to review the implementation of a cooperative agreement signed by the two cities on September 1, 2001 and sign a four-year extension to that agreement.
The agreement covers trade, investment, education, culture, health, tourism, sports, urban management.
They also agreed on the need for more exchange visits by high-level officials and experts to work on issues of mutual concern, and to build a modern medical clinic in Vientiane within 10 years.
The visitors said they would do what they could to help HCMC businesses take part in trade fairs in Laos and arrange meetings with Vientiane’s business community.
On its part, HCMC will build a supermarket in Vientiane and help organize a conference in Ho Chi Minh City to promote investment in Laos .
In 2007, a series of events will be held to celebrate 45 years of diplomatic ties and 30 years of cooperation between Viet Nam and Laos.