High-ranking government officials from Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos gathered in Vietnam’s Binh Phuoc province yesterday for a tripartite senior-level conference and agreed to enhance cooperation in trade, tourism and agriculture.

The 11th meeting of the Cambodia-Laos-Vietnam Development Triangle Area Joint Coordination Committee (CLV DTA JCC) brought to the negotiating table Cambodian Minister of Commerce Pan Sorasak, Lao Minister of Investment Souphanh Keomixay and Vietnam’s Minister of Investment Nguyen Chi Dung.

“The CLV JCC meeting is not only to expand our cooperation under the framework of CLV DTA, but also plays an important role in promoting Asean connectivity and strengthening the regional community,” Mr Sorasak said, adding that trimming the development gap and promoting the welfare and living standards of their people was a priority.

During the event, the ministers agreed to work on action plans on the implementation of the master plan on socio-economic development 2010-2020 and asked their teams to work closely together to ensure effective implementation of the crop development plan.

They also requested Cambodia to speed up the internal procedures to enable the agreement on trade facilitation to come into effect as soon as possible and encouraged all three parties to collaborate in formulating a plan for the implementation of the agreement.

Finally, the ministers tasked Vietnam with drafting a tourism development plan.

“The CLV JCC meeting also provided an opportunity for us to review the commitments and progress made in the past in line with the spirit of the 9th Cambodia-Laos-Vietnam Summit in Siem Reap,” Mr Sorasak said.

Source: Khmertimeskh