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Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung attended the 7th CLMV and the 6th ACMECS Summits
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Heads of delegation take photo at the 6th ACMECS Summit. Photo: Vietnam News Agency

The 7th Cambodia-Laos-Myanmar-Viet Nam (CLMV) Summit took place in the afternoon of 22 June with the participation of leaders of four countries of Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Viet Nam.

At the summit the leaders reiterated commitment to foster traditional, neighbourly and friendship relations of mutual benefits among CLMV and strengthen cooperation among CLMV for peace, stability and prosperity in Southeast Asia. The summit focused on reviewing cooperation in the past two years and discussed cooperation directions for the coming time. They highly appreciated achievements in all cooperation aspects which have helped narrow development gap in ASEAN and made positive contribution to the formation of the ASEAN Community by the end of this year. The summit highly valued annual scholarship programme that Viet Nam provided to students of Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar and requested Viet Nam to continue the programme in the coming years.

On future cooperation, they adopted the CLMV Programme of Action in the fields of economy and trade in the coming years to facilitate trade in investment through bilateral and multilateral agreements, expand the one-stop shop model at international border gates of CLMV, maximize potential of transnational economic corridors such as the East-West Economic Corridor and the Southern Economic Corridor, develop policies to facilitate investment in agriculture, industry, energy and build the CLMV sub-region into a leading tourist hub in the world.

At the summit, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung made recommendations on cooperation priorities among the four countries in the coming time: First, promote connectivity in terms of policy and infrastructure; Second, improve the quality of human resources for industrialization and integration in regional and world supply chains, renovate training of human resources for future while developing mechanisms, policies and solutions to improve existing human resources; Third, better communication on potential and competitive advantages of CLMV, and new business opportunities from existing reform programmes.

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung once again reaffirmed Viet Nam’s commitment towards CLMV cooperation and expressed the desire that the four countries would continue close collaboration to successfully implement cooperation programmes for sustainable development of each nation for peace, stability and prosperity in the region.

At the summit, the leaders adopted the Joint Statement and agreed to hold the 8th CLMV Summit in Viet Nam in 2016.

On Viet Nam’s hosting the 8th CLMV Summit, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung emphasized that it was an honour and a great responsibility for Viet Nam to assume the role of coordinating CLMV cooperation in the coming time. This is the time when the four countries should bolster cooperation to grasp and take advantage of new development opportunities, narrow development gap among ASEAN counties. He pledged Viet Nam would do all it could to successfully fulfil this important task.

On this occasion, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung informed that Viet Nam would coordinate with the World Economic Forum (WEF) in organizing a high-level dialogue on business policy of the Mekong Sub-region on the sidelines of the 8th CLMV Summit.

*In the morning of 23 June, the 6th Ayeyawady-Chao Phraya-Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy Summit (ACMECS) tool place in Nay Pyi Taw of Myanmar with the participation of leaders of Viet Nam, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar. The Vietnamese delegation to the Summit was headed by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung.

Regional leaders affirmed the resolution to consolidate traditional friendship and close neighborhood among the five countries and promote ACMECS cooperation for benefits of the five countries’ people, for regional peace and prosperity. They recognized achievements in implementation of the 2013-2015 Action Plan, especially in connecting transportation.

The summit adopted the Action Plan for the 2016-2018 period with objectives of enhancing competitiveness of economies, making ACMECS an leading destination on investment and tourism, forming unified production units in ACMECS, especially in border regions, taking advantage of new development opportunities brought about by the ASEAN Economic Community and other free trade agreements.

The eight prioritized fields include trade and investment, agriculture, industrial and energy cooperation, transportation connectivity, tourism, human resources development, healthcare, and environmental cooperation.

Speaking at the summit, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung reaffirmed: “Viet Nam has always attached importance to ACMECS cooperation and is ready to work closely with other ACMECS countries to implement effectively cooperation programs for sustainable development, peace and prosperity of the member countries.”

On the cooperation in the coming time, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung suggested ACMECS countries focus on three cooperation fields:

First, strengthen agricultural cooperation. This is a potential area which accounts for the largest labor segment in the ACMECS countries.

Second, facilitate transportation and border trade especially along sub-region economic corridors, implement effectively bilateral and multilateral agreements, work together to build new policies to promote trade, investment and establishment of new transportation routes which connecting the five countries.

Third, cooperation for sustainable development in the Ayeyawady - Chao Phraya - Mekong rivers’ basins, especially in managing and using sustainably natural resources, respond to natural disasters and climate change and coordinating to carry out shared evaluation on transborder environmental impacts.

In addition, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung pointed out that for effective operation of ACMECS, the business sector should be encouraged and facilitated to take part in ACMECS cooperation projects and dialogues between the ACMECS Business Council and the governments’ representatives should be enhanced to ensure effective communication and practical cooperation of the organization.

The Summit adopted a Joint Declaration and the 2016-2018 ACMECS Action Plan and agreed to organize the 7th ACMECS and the next Summit of Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Viet Nam (CLMV) in Viet Nam.

Synthesized by Khanh Nguyen