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Vietnam hands over National Assembly Building to Laos

Rosy Huong Rosy Huong

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March 22, 2021 | 07:00

The National Assembly Building, which is a gift from the Vietnamese Party, State and people, was handed over to the Lao legislature on March 20.

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The National Assembly Building is a gift from the Vietnamese Party, State and people for the Lao legislature. Photo: VNA

The National Assembly Building, which is a gift from the Vietnamese Party, State and people, was handed over to the Lao legislature at a ceremony held on March 20.

The hand-over was made on time to serve the first session of the 9th Lao National Assembly.

The ceremony was attended by Vietnamese Minister of Construction Le Quang Hung; Vice Chairman of the Lao National Assembly Somphanh Phengkhammy; and Major General Nguyen Quoc Dung, Commander of the Army Corps 11, the general contractor of the project.

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Built at That Luang Square, the NA House building has five floors and one basement accommodating 800-1,000 people. Photo: Nhan dan (People) newspaper

Talking to a Vietnam News Agency reporter at the ceremony, Vice Chairman of the Lao NA and head of the steering committee for the new NA Building project Somphanh Phengkhammy appreciated the efforts of the project’s management board, the investor and related units, particularly the general contractor – Army Corps 11 of Vietnam.

He stressed that despite the great impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the supply of materials and equipment as well as the sending of technical staff to the construction site, the contractor’s workers had worked around the clock to ensure the progress of the project.

Even though the project has not been completed by 100 percent, the building is ready for use at the first session of the 9th legislature of Laos, which is a very important event when the legislature will not only elect key leaders of the Lao NA and Government but also adopt the ninth five-year socio-economic development plan for Laos.

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The hand-over was made on time to serve the first session of the 9th Lao National Assembly. Photo: Nhan dan (People) newspaper

Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Construction Le Quang Hung said after the first session of the Lao NA, the remaining work will be carried out for the full completion of the project by the end of June.

The Lao NA Building, constructed at a cost of over 111 million USD, will be the venue for meetings of the Lao NA and important ceremonies. It will also serve cultural tours and research trips of the people, students and tourists.

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Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Construction Le Quang Hung. Photo: Nhan dan (People) newspaper

During his field-trip to the construction site late last year, Lao Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the Laos-Vietnam Cooperation Committee Sonexay Siphandone praised staff of Corps 11 for their high sense of responsibility for the work despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

He expressed his belief that the building will deserve as a symbol of bilateral friendship, and pledged to ask the Lao Government and agencies to deal with the contractor’s suggestions to complete the work as scheduled.

Built at That Luang Square, the NA House building has five floors and one basement accommodating 800-1,000 people, according to Viet Nam News./.

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