Union, associations boost Lao-Chinese cooperation on culture and economy

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) - The Lao-China Economic and Trade Promotion Association (LCETPA) is cooperating with the Lao People’s Revolutionary Youth Union and the Young Entrepreneurs Association of Laos (YEAL) to implement several projects.

These projects cover Chinese language training, culture, agriculture and tourism. 

A memorandum of understanding for cooperation between YEAL and LCETPA was signed during a ceremony held at the union’s office on September 5.

The projects aim to strengthen the cultivation of young talents in Laos and promote exchanges between Laos and China in the field of culture, economy and trade.

The union, YEAL and LCETPA have jointly started Chinese language training, and cooperation in agriculture and culture.

According to LCETPA, in the early stages, the three sides conducted serious and in-depth discussions on the feasibility of Chinese language training, teaching arrangements and future prospects.

The LCETPA Chairman, Mr Allan Yang, who is Special Adviser to the Lao National Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the President of the HSK INTL (Lao) Institute, Mrs Zhang Yi, signed the Memorandum of Understanding on Tripartite Cooperation with the union and YEAL.

At the signing ceremony, the President of YEAL, Dr Khamsen Sisavong, praised the Chinese language training programme.

“There is demand for people to people, economic and trade exchanges between Laos and China. It is in line with the needs of Laos’ economic development,” he said.

Dr Khamsen said the training in Chinese language is only the beginning of cooperation between the three sides. Through the cooperation of HSK and Chinese training, the cooperation between the three sides will be expanded to aspects such as agricultural breeding, humanities, tourism and other areas.

Mrs Zhang Yi introduced the tasks and work of HSK International Institute. It is mainly dedicated to Chinese language training, assisting in scholarship applications, China studies, follow-up services and helping find jobs after students graduate.

The President of LCETPA, Mr Allan Yang, said his association is willing to help more Lao students learn Chinese and develop their abilities.

In education, his organisation has undertaken many activities such as visiting the Counsellor for Cultural Education of the Lao Embassy in China, and reporting to the Secretary General of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Youth Union and the Director General of Vientiane Capital Education Department. This led to their strong support and appreciation in terms of Chinese language training, he added.

The signing of the cooperation agreement is a new beginning. The joint efforts of the three parties will have a far-reaching impact on the economic and educational development of Laos.

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