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​PMs of Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam pledge more extensive regional cooperation

Sunday, April 01, 2018, 17:04 GMT+7

The prime ministers of Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam decided to broaden the physical scope of their countries’ cooperation and agreed on steps taken to reach the goal during an international meeting hosted by Vietnam on Saturday.

The leaders joined the 10th Cambodia-Laos-Vietnam Summit on Development Triangle Area, otherwise known as CLV-10, in Hanoi along with representatives from the World Bank and Asian Development Bank.

The meeting reached a conclusion to elevate the collaboration which has been limited to 13 border provinces of Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam to a scale that covers the trio in its entirety.

Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said the leaders had formulated a general connective plan to achieve the target by 2030.

He clarified that it consists in promulgating relevant policies and regulations amongst the public and businesses as the first step.

The second stage involves upgrading the infrastructure which benefits transportation and tourism between the countries all year round, and cross-nation investment.

Connection of people in the trio is enabled in terms of tourism and culture in the last stage.

The leaders have also agreed on a common coordinating committee aimed at increasing collaboration efficiency.

This organization is expected to manage security-related efforts against timber poaching, human trafficking, and drug dealing, and the removal of mines as post-war remnants as well as creating projects in tourism between the three countries.

The trio’s ministries of agriculture are tasked with figuring out plans for boosting the cooperation in environment and natural resource management.

The websites of these bodies will publish information regarding the potential of and favorable policies for the countries.

Vietnamese firms have invested US$3.59 billion in 113 projects in the Laotian and Cambodian provinces within the triangle development area, according to Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Their five Vietnamese counterparts have attracted $2.3 billion for 233 projects from 20 countries and territories, the ministry said.

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Thai Xuan / Tuoi Tre News


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