SINGAPORE: The prime minister of Laos, Thongsing Thammavong, will make an official visit to Singapore from February 20 to 21.
The Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said the visit is at the invitation of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.
MFA added that Prime Minister Thongsing's visit underscores the excellent ties between Singapore and Lao PDR, and marks the 40th anniversary of bilateral relations.
An official welcome ceremony will be held in honour of Prime Minister Thongsing at the Istana on Friday.
Prime Minister Thongsing will meet President Tony Tan Keng Yam and Prime Minister Lee, who will also host an official lunch in his honour.
While in Singapore, Prime Minister Thongsing will also visit and receive briefings by the Urban Redevelopment Authority, ITE College Central and Sentosa Development Corporation.
Prime Minister Thongsing will also officiate at the opening ceremony of the exhibition "Handmade in Asia - Weaving the Cosmic Serpent in Laos" on Lao woven textiles at the Asian Civilisations Museum on Thursday.
Prime Minister Thongsing will be accompanied by Laos Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr Thongloun Sisoulith, Minister and Head of Government Office Dr Sinlavong Khoutphaythoune, Minister of Planning and Investment Somdy Douangdy, Minister of Finance Phouphet Khamphounvong, Secretary General of Lao Youth Union Dr Vilayvong Bouddakham, senior government officials and a business delegation.
The business delegation will attend a Business Seminar and Networking Session hosted by the Singapore Business Federation on Thursday. - CNA/ms
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