On the road towards happiness and prosperity for the 'Land of a Million Elephants'

Wednesday, 2015-12-02 06:17:36
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NDO - Today, the Lao People's Democratic Republic is celebrating its 40th National Day (December 2, 1975-2015), a historical event marking a 40-year journey of national construction and defence along with great achievements under the sound leadership of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party. 

Laos has a total area of 236,800km2 and is located in Southeast Asia, the country is bordered by China to the north, Myanmar to the northwest, Thailand to the west, Cambodia to the south and Vietnam to the east. Laos has a population of more than 6.5 million including 49 ethnic groups, 85% of its population have identified themselves as Buddhist followers.

Laos is a country with thousands of years of history, the Lao people proved their courage and resilience when they stood up against foreign invaders, liberating the country and establishing the Lao People's Democratic Republic on December 1975.

Over the past four decades, particularly in the three decades of the renewal process initiated by the the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party, the Lao people have gained many significant achievements, bringing with it a new face for Laos. Such achievements include stably maintained national sovereignty and territorial integrity; stable social-political situations and defence; high economic growth rate; improved living standards and solidarity of the entire population.

In the current period, Laos is on the process of industrialisation and modernisation and has successfully implemented its five-year socio-economic development plans and developed the people's democratic regime, paving the way towards socialism.
Laos has seen a great progress in economic development and has mostly completed the goal of eradicating poverty. In 1980, the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita was only US$118, which has now been raised to US$1,800 in 2015.

The beautiful and hospitable Land of a Million Elephants is now one of the leading destinations for foreign tourists and investors. Laos attracted 179 foreign direct investments and domestic projects worth over US$3 billion and 335 ODA projects worth nearly US$307 million in the first six month of this year. The inflation rate was curbed at 2.15%. It is forecast that, Laos will reach a GDP growth rate of 7.5% in 2015.

Regarding external relations, Laos has gained many achievements in implementing a peaceful, independent, friendly, co-operation and multilateralisation foreign policy to strengthen regional and international integration. The prestige and position of Laos in the region and on the international arena will further be improved when Laos assumes the role as Chair of ASEAN in 2016, the first year of the ASEAN Community.

On such a significant anniversary of Vietnam’s neighbour and close friend, we must be grateful to President Ho Chi Minh, President Kaysone Phomvihane and President Souphanouvong who laid the foundation for building the traditional friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive co-operation between Vietnam and Laos.

Under the leadership of the two Parties, the two peoples have supported each other and stood side by side to bring victory to the revolutionary cause of the two nations.
The exemplary, pure and unique relations between the two Parties, States and peoples have been nurtured and developed by efforts and sacrifices of many generations of Vietnamese and Laotians which is an invaluable asset of the two nations and is vital for the revolutionary cause of the two countries, which is needed to be passed on to future generations.

The Party, State and people of Vietnam are always aware that every victory in the past struggle for national liberation and in the recent process of national construction and defence is associated with the solidarity and support of the Lao Party, State and people.
Vietnamese people would like to express deep gratitude for the great and valuable support of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party and people for Vietnamese Party's revolution cause and people. The Party and State of Vietnam affirm they attach great importance to and give top priority to strengthening the traditional friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive co-operation with Laos.

We firmly believe that under the leadership of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party led by the General Secretary and President Choummaly Sayasone, the people of Lao will continue to gain greater achievements in the process of national construction and defence towards a peaceful, independent, democratic, unified and prosperous country.

May the special relations between Vietnam and Laos forever be preserved and developed by the following generations of people of the two countries towards successfully building the socialism in each country for peace, stability, co-operation and development in the region and the world.