(HBO) – On the occasion of the Vietnam-Laos Friendship and Solidarity Year 2017, Hoa Binh Online has an interview with Nguyen Van Chuong, Vice Chairman of the Hoa Binh provincial People’s Committee and President of the Hoa Binh chapter of the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations.

Reporter: What are the contributions that Hoa Binh has made to the development of the special friendship and comprehensive cooperation between Vietnamand Laos?

Mr. Nguyen Van Chuong: The Party Organization and local people of Hoa Binh have worked to reinforce the special, faithful and pure friendship between Vietnamand Laos. During the resistance war against the French colonists, Hoa Binh people provided food for soldiers, while accommodating and taking care of wounded and sick soldiers. The province also sent hundreds of youngsters to the troops designated to Laosto coordinate with the Lao army and people to fight the French colonists, contributing to the Muong Lap victory in October 1946, liberating Sam Nua town.

When the Western armed forces were formed, Mai Chau was chosen as its base to help Laostake over the construction of the government in the newly liberated area. During the period of building socialism and combating the US (1954-1975), the Party Organization and people of Hoa Binh always remembered President Ho Chi Minh’s teaching: "It is a must to consider the revolutionary cause of the Party and the people of Laos as our own."

Ảnh: Nguyen Van Chuong - Vice Chairman of the provincial People's Committee, President of the Hoa Binh chapter of the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations presents a photo featuring President Ho Chi Minh’s Monument in Hoa Binh Hydropower Plant to representatives of Xieng Khouang province of Laos.

In the socio-political and economic field, under the direct guidance of the Secretariat of the Party Central Committee, from 1965 to 1975, the provincial Party Committee and the Administrative Commission of Hoa Binh province sent dozens of Party, Government and economic management officials to the Lao provinces of Udomxay and Luang Prabang to help the Lao side take over the newly liberated area, build the government system and develop the economy and culture. Hoa Binh set up twin relations with Luang Prabang province and launched many effective coordination activities.

From 1980 to 1989, dozens of technicians and management officials engaging in various fields from Hoa Binh were dispatched to Luang Prabang to guide and assist localities in Laosto build and promote socio-economic development. The War Veterans’ Association of Hoa Binh has supported Lao veterans with dozens of millions of Vietnamese dong.

Hoa Binh province and Houaphanh province of Laos have established twin relations and jointly held many meaningful activities. Their economic, cultural and social cooperation has been expanded and developed strongly.

: Hoa Binh province is home to a national historical relic site attached with Laos’s revolution. Would you share more information about the site?

Mr. Nguyen Van Chuong
: The conference hall of Hoa Binh in Cham Mat area (which is now the provincial Military Headquarters), hosted a preparatory meeting of the second Congress of the Lao People's Party, which is now the Lao People's Revolutionary Party (LPRP) in the end of December 1971.

This is a special historical event of the LPRP in Hoa Binh, which has been written down in history of the Party Organisation of Hoa Binh in the past more than half a century.

The site has been recognised as a national historical revolutionary relic site. Many Lao delegations in general and those from Luang Prabang and Houaphanh provinces in particular have visited and conducted meaningful activities in order to spread widely among the community in the two countries the historical significance of this important site.

Reporter: Over the past years, what activities did the Hoa Binh chapter of the Vietnam Unionof Friendship Organisations take to strengthen the special sentiments between the two countries and how did they work? In 2017, what have Hoa Binh and the Vietnam-Laos Friendship Association done to respond to the "Vietnam-Laos Friendship and Solidarity Year"?

Mr. Nguyen Van Chuong
: The friendship organisations have launched many effective activities as part of the province’s sentiments and responsibility towards Laosin general and its twin provinces in particular, for many years.

The provincial People's Committee issued Decision No. 15/QD-UBND on January 7, 2015, on the establishment of the Vietnam-Laos Friendship Association of Hoa Binh, which was developed from the Liaison Committee of Volunteer Soldiers in Laos.

Over the past years, local social associations have been working hard to popularise and encourage their members to disseminate the sentiments between the two nations. Currently, the Vietnam-Laos Friendship Association has 100 members in eight sub-associations.

In response to the "Vietnam-Laos Friendship and Solidarity Year", the provincial Party Committee and the provincial People's Committee have directed the implementation of communications activities in the mass media.

The province has set up the organising board for the contest on studying the history of the Vietnam-Laos relations" in 2017 at provincial level. The provincial Party Committee’s Commission for Information and Education and its members will continue to popularise the competition with a hope to attract a large number of participants. With the strongest efforts, Hoa Binh is striving to contribute to the success of the " Vietnam - Laos Friendship and Solidarity Year of 2017".


                                                                 Bui Huy

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