Sun. Nov 27th, 2022

Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam (CLMV) need to accelerate regional
integration, consolidate and improve their role in regional and global
production chains, and narrow the development gap between them and other
ASEAN countries, said Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung on
March 12.

PM Dung made the remarks at the 6th
CLMV Summit in Vientiane, which was chaired by Lao Prime Minister
Thongsing Thammavong, and also attended by Cambodian Prime Minister Hun
Sen, Myanmar Vice President Mauk Kham and ASEAN Secretary General Le
Luong Minh.

Dung affirmed the Vietnamese
Government’s strong commitment to CLMV cooperation and said he hoped the
four countries’ governments continue working closely to implement
cooperation programmes in the time to come.

Each
country needs to strive for the improvement of the investment-business
environment, and strictly follow signed agreements and commitments on
trade and investment within bilateral and multilateral frameworks, he
said. Priority should be given to human resource training and
cooperation with international organisations and development partners,
he added.

At the event, CLMV leaders stressed their
commitment to strengthening the traditional friendship and common
benefits between the four countries.

They reviewed
projects and action programmes implemented since the 5th CLMV Summit
in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, in 2010, and discussed future cooperation
orientations to narrow the development gap between the four countries
and other ASEAN members to build an ASEAN Community by 2015.

Leaders hailed the efforts of CLMV economic ministers to fulfil most
of the cooperation projects in the 2011-2012 CLMV Action Plan, and
efforts of tourism ministers to build a common tourism strategy for the
2013-2015 period, as well as successes in trade-investment cooperation,
including the implementation of the “One door – One stop” model at the
Lao Bao (Vietnam) – Densavan (Laos) international border gate.

Leaders at the summit expressed their thanks to the Vietnamese
Government for its scholarships and support in vocational training and
human resource development to Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar .

In the time to come, the four countries will focus on intensifying
cooperation in trade, investment and tourism, and timely implement the
ASEAN Community’s establishment roadmap and the ASEAN master plan on
connectivity to accelerate integration with in the association. They
will develop transport links among the four countries and make the full
use of regional corridors, including the East-West Economic Corridor,
the North-South Corridor and the South Corridor, as well as speed up the
implementation of a multilateral agreement on aviation services.

The next CLMV Summit will be held in Myanmar in 2014. -VNA

By vivian