The Hanoitimes - Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith recognised the support the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST) has given to the Lao Ministry of Science and Technology and National Academy of Science (LNAS) while receiving VAST President Chau Van Minh on December 5 in Vientiane.
The host leader spoke highly of the VAST delegation’s visit from December 4 to 8 as it is made in Vietnam-Laos Friendship and Solidarity Year.
The development of the LNAS is important to the socio-economic development of Laos, he noted, asking the VAST to share experience with the LNAS to effectively use funds for science and technology research projects, especially in research outcome application and manpower training.
VAST President Minh said cooperation between the VAST and the LNAS has resulted in important outcomes which have contributed to their respective countries’ development. The two sides will enhance cooperation and assistance to fulfill tasks assigned by the two parties and states, helping intensify Vietnam-Laos relations, he noted.
Earlier the same day, the VAST delegation had talks with their Lao counterpart led by LNAS President Boviengkham Vongdara, also Minister of Science and Technology of Laos. They lauded the outcomes of cooperation between the VAST and the Lao ministry and academy, particularly in a project boosting the LNAS’s capacity for scientific research and technological application.
Thanks to this project, funded through official development assistance from the Vietnamese Government between 2016 and 2018, science and technology laboratories in Laos will reap research outcomes to contribute to the two countries’ development, they said.
They agreed to increase delegation exchanges at all levels, share experience in science and technology research, apply and transfer research outcomes, and coordinate to effectively implement joint projects. The VAST side also pledged to continue helping the Lao ministry and academy in training science-technology manpower.
Also on December 5, the Vietnamese delegation attended a ceremony to unveil a laboratory under the project boosting the LNAS’s capacity of scientific research and technological application. VAST President Minh and some members of the Vietnamese academy were granted with orders and medals of Laos in recognition of their contributions to the country’s development.
Tuan Minh - Ha Thanh