Monday, 23/7/2018
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc attended the 8th ACMECS Summit and the 9th CLMV Summit
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Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and delegation leaders at ACMECS 7

ACMECS with the theme "Towards an Integrated and Connected ACMECS Community"

At the Summit, the leaders focused their discussions on measures to facilitate socio-economic development, improve competitiveness of member economies of Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam, and outlined orientations for cooperation for inclusive and sustainable development in the Mekong region.

n addition, the leaders discussed the establishment of the ACMECS and the ACMECS Trust Fund to support the implementation of immediate priority projects of member countries. The summit adopted the Bangkok Declaration and the ACMECS Master Plan for the 2019-2023 period with the goal of turning ACMECS into an economic hub with seamless connectivity and strong integration. It also agreed that Cambodia will host the ACMECS 10 in 2020.

Addressing the event, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc hailed the work of building the ACMECS Master Plan and affirmed that Vietnam will coordinate with other member countries to build a plan of action to implement cooperative projects as soon as possible. Emphasizing the stance on building a common voice of ACMECS in working with development partners to "increase the profile of our region, ensure harmonization and optimize the interests of member countries," Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc proposed a number of measures to make ACMECS cooperation more effective, saying that ACMECS needs to contribute more directly to and become an integral part of the ASEAN Community formation process through integrating the implementation of the ACMECS Master Plan with that of the ASEAN Community Vision 2025, the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity, and other ASEAN cooperation programmes. It is necessary to improve the working mechanism of ACMECS and pay more attention to the mobilisation of financial sources for ACMECS cooperation.

He also recommended ACMECS to concentrate on developing the East-West Economic Corridor (EWEC), the Southern Economic Corridor (SEC), studying to build new regional roads to facilitate ACMECS countries’ businesses to invest in each others’ market. He also suggested a number of specific contents for cooperation in trade-investment, agriculture, tourism, environmental protection, natural resources management, effective and sustainable use and management of the Mekong River water resources, mineral resource management, human resources development and intersectoral overall measures for Water, Food, Energy, Environment.

The CLMV 9 themed “For Greater Economic Integration and Connectivity”

At the Summit, the leaders reviewed the cooperation situation since the CLMV 8 in Hanoi in October 2016 and discussed directions and measures to improve the effectiveness of cooperation in the coming time. The leaders adopted the Joint Declaration of the CLMV 9 and agreed that Laos would chair the CLMV 10 in 2020.

Addressing the Summit, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc pointed to three major points that CLMV should focus on to achieve the highest operational efficiency: CLMV cooperation should focus on sectors which are the strength of the concerned countries with high feasibility, especially in the context of limited resources and the four countries’ participation in various Mekong mechanisms. He pinpointed some examples such as soft infrastructure connection, agriculture, tourism, human resource training, and development of sound and equal business climate. Secondly, CLMV should be creative in mobilizing resources and building joint projects, integrating CLMV’s contents into other Mekong cooperation mechanisms and involving development partners such as ADB, WB and Governments of some partner countries in CLMV project execution.

Thirdly, the four nations should build mid and long-term cooperation strategies to serve as foundation for their joint activities

The Prime Minister also made concrete proposals showing Vietnam’s proactive contribution such as helping countries attend big trade fairs in Vietnam, build e-government, improve digital capacity and skills, and continue to provide CLMV scholarships for Cambodian, Lao and Myanmar students to study at Vocational Training Center in Kon Tum province.

The trip to attend the ACMECS 8 and CLMV 9 of Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc demonstrated the importance that Vietnam attaches to the two cooperation mechanisms. It also helped enhance Vietnam’s position and role in the region, and contributed to opening up a new chapter in Mekong cooperation and to sustainable development and prosperity in the region.


Nguyen Duc