The new National Assembly Building in Vientiane (Photo: VNA)
Vientiane, (VNA) – A ceremony
was held in Vientiane on March 20 to hand over the new National Assembly Building
to the Lao legislature, which is a gift from the Vietnamese Party, State and
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.
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.
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.
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.
The building is a meaningful present and a symbol of the
great friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between the