Dr. Bounhong Southavong, director of the Traditional Medicine Research Center (TMRC), Ministry of Health, LAOS, started a 5-day visit to XTBG on January 12, at the invitation of Prof. Dr. Cao Min, deputy director of XTBG. The two sides signed a scientific cooperation agreement.
As representatives of the two sides, Dr. Cao Min and Dr. Bounhong Southavong signed a 5-year Cooperation Agreement between XTBG and TMRC. According to the agreement, the two sides are to enhance academic exchanges, to conduct joint research programs, to make field investigation on medicinal plant resources in Laos, to have geobotanical studies and academic journal exchanges, etc. The possibility of jointly setting up a botanical garden marking the friendship between XTBG and TMRC is also included in the Agreement.
Dr. Cao Min briefed XTBG history, research layout and team building. He side that cooperation between the two sides may be expanded in many aspects, and wished it a great success.
Dr. Bounhong Southavong extended warm congratulations to the 50th anniversary of XTBG. He said the two sides may take their own advantages into full use and contribute to medicinal plant diversity studies.
Prof. Dr. Hu Huabin was present at the signing ceremony.
Established in 1976, the Traditional Medicine Research Center (TMRC), Ministry of Health, is the only institution, in Laos, dedicated to ongoing research on traditional Lao medicine and the use of medicinal plants.