Vietnam, Laos Upgrade Border Gates
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|Officials cut the ribbon to inaugurate the international border gates. Photo: People's Army Newspaper|
Authorities of Vietnam’s central province of Quang Nam and the neighbouring Lao province of Sekong on August 14 organised a ceremony to officially celebrate the pair of Nam Giang – Dakta Ok international border gates.
The Nam Giang – Dakta Ok border gates were upgraded to the international status earlier this year.
In his remarks, Chairman of the Quang Nam province People’s Committee Le Tri Thanh highlighted the close ties between the two localities, saying they have worked together to build a common border of peace.
The upgrading of the gates is expected to facilitate economic, trade and investment links between the two countries and the two provinces in particular, and especially meeting the increasing demand for export-import, he said.
|Vietnam and Laos have been making every effort to put the international border gates into operation given the pandemic spread. Photo: People's Army Newspaper|
Vietnam and Laos have been making every effort to put the international border gates into operation despite the rapidly-evolving Covid-19 situation in both countries.
The upgrade aims to open up new opportunities for partnership between Vietnam’s central key economic zone and Laos’ south-central and Thailand’s south-east regions, attract more international investors into the region, support the development of the East-West Economic Corridor and promote the building of ASEAN Community.
On the occasion, the Vietnamese side presented 100 tonnes of rice to border residents in Sekong.
|The Vietnamese side symbolically presents 100 tonnes of rice to border residents in Sekong. Photo: Photo: People's Army Newspaper|
Vietnam and Laos share a border of nearly 2,340 km that runs across through 10 Vietnamese provinces: Dien Bien, Son La, Thanh Hoa, Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri, Thua Thien-Hue, Quang Nam, and Kon Tum.
The line also appears in 10 Lao provinces: Phongsaly, Luang Prabang, Houaphan, Bolykhamsay, Khammoune, Savannakhet, Salavan, Xiengkhouang, Sepon, and Attapeu.
On March 16, 2016, the Vietnamese and Lao Governments signed a protocol on the countries’ borderline and border markers, along with an agreement on regulations for land border and border gate management. These documents took effect on September 5, 2017./.
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