Vietnam, Laos further co-operation in culture, tourism

Friday, 2019-12-06 11:48:27
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NDO – Vietnam and Laos have agreed to further co-operation in culture and tourism at a talk between the officials of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Vietnam and the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism of Laos.

The Vietnamese delegation was headed by Minister Nguyen Ngoc Thien and the Lao delegation by Minister Kikeo Khaykhamphithoune.

At the talk held in Vientiane on December 5, Minister Nguyen Ngoc Thien congratulated the important Laos’ achievements after four years of implementing successfully the resolution of the 10th Party Congress, successfully organising Party congresses at all levels towards the 11th National LPRP Congress. The Minister congratulated Laos on the prosperous developments.

Minister Nguyen Ngoc Thien also suggested that the Lao should coordinate to well organise the Cultural Weeks in each country; prepare and unify the content of the Vietnam-Laos cooperation agreement on arts, culture, and tourism for the period 2021 - 2025, especially for 2022 with many major events to mark the establishment of Vietnam-Laos diplomatic relations.

Meanwhile, Minister Kikeo Khaykhamphithoune suggested that the two sides continue to exchange information related to domestic and international situations, and experiences in the field of culture and tourism; asked Vietnam to support Laos in completing the dossier for UNESCO to recognise Hin Namno National Park in Khammuan Province as a world natural heritage. Vietnamese side has the basis of suggestions and corrections before submitting to UNESCO. The Lao side also asked Vietnam to support the organisation of short-term, medium-term and long-term training courses on Information, culture and tourism for Laos’ officials.

At the talk, the two sides agreed to enhance the exchange of cultural and tourism expert delegations; regularly organise exchange activities, visit and gain experiences to contribute to tightening the solidarity between the two ministries; promote tourism promotion activities; support multilateral forums; and promote the preparation and completion of the tourism development plan for the Cambodia-Laos-Vietnam (CLV) Development Triangle Area. The two sides affirmed the effective cooperation between the two ministries on culture and tourism both in bilateral and multilateral framework.

On the same day, the Vietnam Culture Week 2019 kicked off at the Lao National Cultural Hall in Vientiane, Laos, with an art show featuring folk dances and music performed by artists of the Vietnam National Music, Song and Dance Theatre.

The event is co-held by Vietnam’s Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and Laos’ Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism.

Addressing the opening ceremony, Vietnamese Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Nguyen Ngoc Thien said the Vietnam Culture Week 2019 is an important cultural exchange event which aims to further strengthen Vietnam – Laos relations and translate the two countries’ cultural and tourism cooperation into reality. He expects that the event will mark another milestone in the bilateral ties.

Lao Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism Kikeo Khaykhamphithouse, for his part, welcomed the organisation of the event in Laos, stating that it demonstrates the special friendship and solidarity between the two Parties, States and peoples.

After the event’s opening, the troupe from the Vietnam National Music, Song and Dance Theatre will take a tour in Laos to serve the local audience and Vietnamese people there.