Lao PM arrives in Vietnam for intergovernmental committee meeting

16:20 | 07/02/2017 Events

Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith and a government delegation arrived in Vietnam on February 7th to attend and co-chair the 39th meeting of the Vietnam-Laos Intergovernmental Committee at the invitation of Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc.

Lao PM Thongloun Sisoulith speaking at the opening ceremony of the 16th meeting of the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Council in Vientiane, Laos, in August 2016 (Photo: VNA)

The Lao Government leader is accompanied by members of Lao People's Revolutionary Party Central Committee, including Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Somdy Douangdy; Minister of Public Works and Transport Bounchan Sinthavong; Minister of Education and Sports Sengdeuan Lachanthaboun; Minister of Energy and Mining Khammany Inthilath; and Lao Ambassador to Vietnam Thongsavanh Phomvihan; among others.

Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith was born on November 10, 1945 in Houaphan Province, Laos. From 1962 to 1969, he studied at the Pedagogical College of the Lao Patriotic Front in Houaphan. He was further educated in the Soviet Union.

He was Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1987 to 1992, Minister of Labour and Social Welfare from 1993 to 1996, and a member of the National Assembly Standing Committee from 1997 to 2001. From 2001 to 2006, he served as a Politburo member, Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the State Planning Committee. From 2006 to 2015, he was a Politburo member, Deputy Prime Minister, Head of the Lao Party Central Committee’s Commission for External Relations and Minister of Foreign Affairs. From July 2015 to April 2016, he was a Politburo member, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs. Since April 2016, he has served as Prime Minister of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic.

Theo NDO