Seoul Metropolitan Government has concluded an MOU for friendship and cooperation with Vientiane, the capital of Laos, to share the outstanding policies of both cities in terms of economy, transportation, environment, culture and tourism, and urban planning. On November 5, 2015, Seoul Mayor Park Won Soon and Mayor Sinlavong Khoutphaythoune of Vientiane signed the “Friendship and Cooperation Agreement between Seoul and Vientiane.”
With economic growth as high as seven to eight percent every year, Laos is a rapidly growing country and a member of ASEAN. Recently, Vientiane has been experiencing rapid growth as well, through continuous investment in a wide variety of sectors. However, the city is suffering from traffic congestion and water, sewage, and waste treatment issues. Therefore, this MOU is expected to allow Vientiane to address these issues through Seoul’s assistance, based on its knowhow and experience with rapid urban development.
Through this MOU for friendship and cooperation, the two cities will begin establishing a foundation for cooperation between their citizens particularly in the culture and tourism sector, and have promised to share policies related to the development of water and sewage systems, urban planning, e-government, and transportation, among others.
Seoul Mayor Park Won Soon said, “I am very glad to have established a foundation for cooperation between Seoul and Vientiane through the signing of this MOU.” He also remarked, “Seoul will assist Vientiane with its urban development through practical exchange, involving the sharing of Seoul’s policies, and we will work hard to develop a cooperative system for the sustainable development of our two cities.”