Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has put forward a number of measures to beef up cooperation among Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam at a regional summit in Naypyidaw.
The Vietnamese government chief offered those proposals while attending the seventh Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam (CLMV) Summit on Monday, according to the Vietnam News Agency. He attended the event at the invitation of Myanmar President Thein Sein. PM Dung said that the four countries should first strengthen connections in their policies and infrastructure to facilitate cross-border transport and trade.
The premier also called for the four to realize the agreement that facilitates travel and goods transport among Greater Mekong Sub-Region countries as well as relevant bilateral and multilateral agreements.
He also urged the four nations to speed up the implementation of the one-stop-shop (OSS) and ASEAN customs transit models, and expand OSS inspections at international border gates in the region. Secondly, PM Dung suggested improving the quality of human resources to serve industrialization and integration while proactively tightening links in training programs with international organizations and development partners in order to ensure a sufficient supply of workforce for businesses and industrial parks.
Thirdly, the quartet should increase communication campaigns for the potential and competitive advantages of CLMV along with new business opportunities from innovation programs, the Vietnamese government leader said. He iterated the Vietnamese government’s commitment to CLMV cooperation and hoped the quartet would continue working together to carry out cooperation programs more effectively for sustainable development in each country, as well as for peace, stability, and prosperity in the region. At the event, the leaders of the four countries agreed to optimize the potential of the East-West economic corridor and build policies to encourage investment in agriculture, industry, and energy. They also shared the need to turn the CLMV sub-region into one of the leading tourism destinations in the world. The leaders of Cambodia, Laos, and Myanmar called on Vietnam to continue offering annual scholarships to their students. The summit’s participants adopted a joint statement and agreed for the eighth CLMV Summit to be organized in Vietnam next year.