President of the National Assembly Madam Pany Yathortou, and her delegation pay an official working visit to the Kingdom of Thailand on 8-10 April. The visit is in response to the invitation of Thai Parliament President Somsak Kiatsuranon.

The Lao National Assembly Madam Pany Yathortou lead her delegation paying an official working visit to the Kingdom of Thailand from the 8th to the 10th of April.

During the visit, a bilateral meeting to further strengthening the friendship relation and co-operation between Laos and Thailand, especially between the legislative bodies of the two countries was held in Bangkok. According to the National Assembly, Laos and Thailand have agreed to deepen bilateral cooperation in various fields, with Thailand pledging support for regional connectivity and infrastructure development in Laos.

At the talk to Thai counterpart Yingluck Shinawatra, Thailand has agreed to provide assistance in constructing roads from town centers in Laos to connect to Lao-Thai checkpoints in preparation for upgrading temporary checkpoints to international ones. Loan agreements were also signed to have provided financial assistance to fund two projects in Laos.

The first loan of more than 182.3 billion kip (718 million baht) will fund the construction of a 33km road, that will be built from Phudu checkpoint in Thailand’s Uttaradit province to Paklai district in Xayaboury province, Laos and second loan of more than 46.7 billion kip (184 million Thai baht) will be used for the second phase of development of Pakxe Airport in Champassak province.

Thailand would consider support for a feasibility study of the construction of the fifth Laos-Thailand Friendship Bridge that would link Laos’s central province of Borikhamxay with Thailand’s Bung Kan province. The Lao-Thai joint commission on bilateral cooperation also consider supporting a feasibility study for the construction of another bridge connecting Vientiane and Thailand’s Nong Khai province, to be used as a railway.

Regional governments are pushing for the realization of the regional rail project to connect China’s Kunming to Nong Khai via Laos. The two country leaders also agreed to increase cooperation to combat human trafficking and cope with illicit drug smuggling. They would also deepen cooperation to promote security along the Mekong River and bolster greater trading and investment between the two neighbours.

It is disclosed that, the increasingly fruitful cooperation between the legislative bodies of Laos and Thailand has contributed significantly to the enhancing of friendly and longstanding cooperation between the two neighbors especially between the two legislative bodies of Laos and Thailand.

LNTV Lao News broadcast on 13/4/2013