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Former Prime Minister of Laos Visited ICC-NDRC

  On October 13, 2017, Bouasone Bouphavanh, the former Prime Minister of Laos and director of NIER visited the ICC-NDRC. The two sides friendly exchanged opinions on promoting long term cooperation relations between China and Laos.
The meeting was hosted by Cao Wenlian, Director General of ICC-NDRC. Cao first introduced the recent developments of ICC-NDRC and expressed his warm welcome to the delegates. Cao noted that the relations between China and Laos have good prospects. ICC-NDRC, as the practice agency of the working mechanism of capacity cooperation between China and Laos, would spare no efforts to advance the progress of the projects.
Bouphavanh pointed out the year 2016 marked the 55th anniversary of China-Laos relations. The visit of Boungnang Vorachith, President of Laos, to China plays a key role in China-Laos relations. NIER was also founded in 2016 to provide intellectual support for the country’s development. 
The Laos delegation highlighted the project of Boloven Plateau. The Boloven Plateau possesses rich natural resources and development potential. However, in order to resolve the undeveloped regional economy, the Laos government plans to build smart cities, a characteristic towns embodying Laos’ culture and tourism spots with European and Chinese style.
Cao presented the following suggestions for the project of Boloven Plateau. First, drawing an overall roadmap is of great importance. Second, positive policy design could attract foreign capital. Third, discussion and collaboration should be emphasized. Fourth, ICC-NDRC could play a positive role in the project.
Bouphavanh expressed his congratulation to the convocation of the 19th CPC National Congress and sincere invitation for Cao to visit Laos.
Pan Guangxue, the former Chinese ambassador in Laos, and representatives from Chinese People’s Institute of Foreign Affairs and related enterprises accompanied the Laos delegation on the visit. Wang Jianhua, assistant to Director General, Guo Jianmin, director of the Planning Department, Chi Hongtao, deputy director of general office, Bao Shujun, director of foreign affairs office, Tao Zhen, acting director of Institute of Globalization, Li Shu, senior researcher and Xu Hongwei, director of general office in Silk Road Industry and Finance International Union were present in the meeting.

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