Quang Ninh celebrates Vietnam – Lao Friendship Year

Vice Chairwoman of Quang Ninh PPC Presented bunches of flowers to the arts troupe from Laos
Vice Chairwoman of Quang Ninh PPC Presented bunches of flowers to the arts troupe from Laos

QNP – On September 26, an arts programm celebrating “Vietnam-Laos Friendship and Co-operation Year” was organized at Vietnam-Japan Labor Temple in Halong city.

Vietnam and Laos are two neighbors whose relations were formed and developed along their thousand-year history of national construction and defense. In the struggle against colonial rule, the two countries set up the Viet-Lao alliance to fight against their common enemy. On September 5, 1962, Vietnam and Laos officially established diplomatic relations. The establishment of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic ushered in a new stage of the bilateral ties, a stage of special relations of friendship, solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between the two Parties and States. Since then the special relations between the two countries have been constantly consolidated and developed.

The bilateral political ties saw continuous development on an intensive and increasingly firm foundation. High level visits and meetings between leaders from the two Parties, States, Parliaments, Governments and localities were regularly conducted while the inter-governmental committees maintaining their operations.
The special relations of friendship, solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between the two countries have been continuously consolidated through important agreements: Friendship and Cooperation Treaty signed in 1977, Agreement on Cooperation for the period of 2001 – 2005 and Strategy on Economic, Cultural and Science and Technology Cooperation  signed in 2001. In July 2001, on the occasion of the visit to Laos by Mr Nong Duc Manh, Secretary General of the Communist Party of Vietnam, the two sides signed the Joint Statement providing the guidelines for the bilateral special relations.
Vietnam and Laos also enjoy close coordination and cooperation on regional and international fora, such as those at the United Nations, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the Ayeyawady-Chao Phraya-Mekong Economic Co-operation Strategy (ACMECS), the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS), the Cambodia-Laos-Myanmar-Vietnam Sub-regional Co-operation and the Vietnam-Laos-Cambodia Development Triangle. This has contributed to raising each country’s status and prestige in the region and the world as a whole.

Trade relations: Together with the fine political ties, the Vietnam-Laos economic co-operation has seen positive results in recent years, initially creating a material foundation for the two countries to reinforce their special ties. Thanks to appropriate incentives, the two-way trade has enjoyed steady growth. The total import-export turnover between Vietnam and Laos reached about US $687.8 million in the 2001-2005 period, an average amount of US $137.56 million per year. In 2006, the two-way trade was estimated at US $260 million. The two countries are striving for the targets of US $1 billion by 2010 and then US $2 billion in 2015.
Cooperation in the field of investment: Great progress was also made in investment. Vietnam so far has 71 direct investment projects in Laos with a total capital of nearly US $500 million, ranking second among countries investing in Laos. Vietnam’s projects mainly focus on hydro-electricity, mining, transportation and industrial crops.
Co-operation in other fields such as health care, agriculture and rural development were also expanded and both countries are giving priority to co-operation in education and training, leading to higher quantity and quality. Border localities of Vietnam and Laos have paid much attention to establishing economic and commercial exchange zones. In addition, co-operation in security and national defense has been well maintained.

The event was attended by Vice Chairwoman of Quang Ninh PPC Vu Thi Thu Thuy, Major General Tran Thanh, Military Command of Quang Ninh province and Lieutenant Colonel InKoong Viendavon, Deputy Director of the Propaganda and Training Department under Lao People’s Army.
The event aims to celebrate the 50th anniversary of diplomatic ties (1962-2012) between the two nations and the 35th anniversary of the Vietnam-Laos Friendship and Co-operation Treaty (1977-2012).
The audiences were so moved by the songs and dances performed by arts troupes from Laos and Quang Ninh province. These performances praised the close, faithful brotherhood between the two countries during their struggles for national independence, prosperity and happiness in the past and at present.
The event contributed to increase awareness about Vietnam-Laos traditional relationship among the youth and tighten the friendship and solidarity between the two countries and the two peoples, as well as being a chance to boost understanding about the culture of each country.