Vietnam supports US$5.28 million for school building in Northern Laos

Friday, 2017-12-15 09:05:44
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At the ground-breaking ceremony for the Bounneua High School.
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NDO – A groundbreaking ceremony was held in Phongsaly province in Northern Laos on December 15 for the VND120 billion (US$5.28 million) Bounneua High School, which is a gift presented by the Vietnamese Government to the Lao side.

This is the largest Vietnam-financed school building project in Laos to have ever taken place, and also one of the works celebrating the 55th anniversary of the establishment of Vietnam-Laos diplomatic ties (September 5, 1962-2017) and the 40th anniversary of the signing of the Vietnam-Laos Treaty on Amity and Cooperation (July 18, 1977-2017).

The event was attended by Nguyen Chi Dung, Minister of Planning and Investment of Vietnam and President of the Vietnam-Laos Cooperation Committee; Souphan Keomixay, Minister of Planning and Investment of Laos and President of the Laos-Vietnam Cooperation Committee; and Khamchen Vongphosi, provincial Governor and Secretary of the Phongsaly provincial Party Committee.

Addressing the groundbreaking ceremony, Minister Nguyen Chi Dung emphasised that over the past few years, the special relationship between Vietnam and Laos has been unceasingly strengthened and extensively developed, achieving practical results across spheres of cooperation and bringing about huge benefits for the two countries’ peoples.

Under the close direction of the two Parties and Governments, Vietnam and Laos have worked together to facilitate cooperation in the fields of training and human resource development, he said, adding that the Vietnamese Government, localities and businesses have supported the building of dozens of schools at different grades in Lao localities.

The minister affirmed that the construction of the high school in Bounneua district, using the financial aids from the Vietnamese Government, reflects the interests of both sides’ leaders in the cause of youth training in Phongsaly, whilst creating another great milestone in the cooperative relations between Vietnam’s Dien Bien province and the Lao locality, between the two cooperation committees, as well as between the two countries.

In addition to creating infrastructure in service of the teaching and studying work in Phongsaly province, the Bounneua High School must be a symbol of the close brotherly bonds between the two nations, contributing to strengthening the Vietnam-Laos traditional friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation, Dung stressed.

For his part, Minister Souphan Keomixay hailed the Vietnam-funded school as being of great significance to Phongsaly, a poor and disadvantaged province of Laos, as it will help to provide high-level schooling for about 1,800 local students, thus contributing developing Phongsaly’s human resources.

On behalf of the Lao Party, Government and people, the minister expressed his deep gratitude to the Vietnamese Party, Government and people for their comprehensive assistance offered to Laos over the past decades, especially in supporting Laos’ needy localities.

The Bounneua High School is being constructed following national standards, comprising of 14 categories, including 40 classrooms, multi-purpose room, library, sport grounds, canteen, dormitory and accommodations for teachers. The project is due for completion in December 2018.