Vietnam, Laos hold 31st annual border meeting
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Nguyen Minh Vu and Lao Minister of Foreign Affairs Saleumxay Kommasith co-chaired the 31st annual Vietnam-Laos border meeting held in Hanoi on December 29.
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Nguyen Minh Vu and Lao Minister of Foreign Affairs Saleumxay Kommasith co-chaired the 31st annual Vietnam-Laos border meeting held in Hanoi on December 29.The two sides reviewed the implementation of border work in accordance with the Protocol on Vietnam–Laos borderline and border markers signed in 2016 since the previous meeting, and outlined orientations and key tasks in the coming time.
They underlined that although the implementation of the agreements and bilateral activities in border management faced various difficulties triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic, the two countries have exerted efforts to maintain stability and ensure security, thus facilitating the COVID-19 prevention and control work and cooperation for socio-economic development and cooperation in border localities.
The management and development of border gates have been paid attention, they affirmed.
Vietnam’s Quang Nam province and Laos’ Sekong province inaugurated the the Nam Giang-Dac Ta Ooc international border gate pair in August, while some border gates were reopened to facilitate trade. Such efforts have strengthened peace and stability in the countries’ border areas, contributing to the great friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between the two Parties, States and people of Vietnam and Laos.
Both sides also agreed to continue coordinating in borderline and border marker management, and propose the Governments allow measures, particularly the application of ‘vaccine passports’, to create favourable conditions for travel between Vietnam and Laos amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The two sides will issue and apply specific policies and mechanisms to attract businesses to channel investment in border areas, especially in the Lao side.
They consented to step up investment in border gate infrastructure and transport connectivity so as to promote trade; and bolster communications on border-related policies for soldiers and people of the countries.
The 32nd meeting is scheduled to take place in the fourth quarter of 2022 in Laos.