Secretary-General LI Baodong Pays a Visit to Laos’ Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith
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Secretary-General LI Baodong Pays a Visit to Laos’ Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith

The Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) Vientiane Conference was held in Vientiane, Laos on September 28, 2018. After the Opening Ceremony of the Conference, LI Baodong, Secretary-General of the BFA, led the entrepreneur delegation paying a courtesy visit to Laos' Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith.

Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith spoke highly of the BFA's great platform for promoting exchanges and cooperation between the Government, business and academic circles in the countries. He congratulated the BFA Vientiane conference on its complete success and thanked the BFA for bringing powerful entrepreneurs to Laos. Thongloun Sisoulith said that the Belt and Road Initiative proposed by Chinese President XI Jinping provides tremendous opportunities for infrastructure construction and economic and social development in the countries along the route, and Laos has benefited the most from this. Laos is widening its opening-up and is committed to removing trade barriers and creating favorable conditions for countries worldwide to invest in Laos. China is the largest investor of Laos. Laos will usher in the China-Laos Year of Tourism. Laos will continue to implement the consensus reached by the top leaders of the two countries in a bid to advance the bilateral strategic relationship. He expects that following the BFA Vientiane conference, more foreign investment including that from China will enter Laos.

LI Baodong introduced the conference to Thongloun Sisoulith. LI said that this was the first time that the BFA held a conference in Laos since its inception 17 years ago, and invited entrepreneurs from China, Thailand and Japan and other countries to visit Laos. The comprehensive strategic partnership between China and Laos is expanding in the new era. The Belt and Road Initiative is accelerating its synergy with Laos' national development strategy of “changing from a landlocked country to a land-linked country”. It is believed that the Conference will bring new impetus to the deepening of bilateral pragmatic cooperation and the ties of interest under the community with a shared future. LI also expressed that this year marks the 15th anniversary of China-ASEAN’s strategic partnership. The BFA has received extensive support from ASEAN countries during its creation and growth. The BFA stands ready to continue to support for the building of the ASEAN community and support ASEAN to play a dominant and coordinating role in regional cooperation.

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