The Prime Minister of the three countries signing Joint Declaration of the 9th Summit. Photo: chinhphu.vn
(MPI) – At 9th CLV Summit on 23rd November 2016 in Siem Reap city, Cambodia, the Prime Minister of the three Governments of the Kingdom of Cambodia, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic and Socialist Republic of Vietnam approved the Joint Declaration.
The Joint Declaration reiterates the commitments of the three Prime Ministers to the sustainable and inclusive development of CLV Development Triangle Area (DTA), reducing poverty and economic and social disparities and improving the quality of life for people living in CLV DTA; Further strengthening and deepening comprehensive cooperation and development among CLV countries building upon their traditional relations of friendship, solidarity, mutual-beneficial cooperation and good neighbourliness; Working closely with other ASEAN Member States for the realization of ASEAN Community Vision 2025. It notes that the progress and challenges in implementing of the Revised Master Plan for socio-economic development of the CLV DTA for 2010-2020 since the 8th CLV Summit and recognizes the need to make better use of development potentials and available resources of CLV countries and mobilize technical and financial assistance from development partners and international institutions.
At the Joint Declaration, the three Prime Ministers commit to working closely to promote the relationship and cooperation of the CLV DTA on the basis of our traditional friendship, mutual understanding, trust and comprehensive cooperation. They highly value the work and efforts of the CLV Joint Coordination Committee to implement the Revised Master Plan for socio-economic development of the CLV DTA for 2010-2020 and highly appreciate the outcomes of the 10th meeting of the CLV DTA Joint Coordination Committee and relevant meetings held on 7-11th December 2015 in Pakse city, Champasak province, Lao PDR. They appreciate the active participation of the CLV countries’ ministries, agencies and provincial authorities in all CLV DTA events that took place from 7-11th December 2015 in Pakse city, Champasak province and encourage the CLV countries to continue and increase those activities in order to foster cooperation among people and business communities in the CLV DTA. They commend on the outcomes of the Youth Forum, the Trade and Tourism Fair and the Conference on Trade, Investment and Tourism Promotion in CLV DTA held on 7-11th December 2015 in Lao PDR, encourage the youth, business community and private sector to continue actively participating in the Youth Forum and the Trade and Tourism Fairs as well as trade, investment and tourism promotion events among CLV countries in order to promote youth exchange and interation and enhance trade, investment and tourism flows into the CLV DTA.
The Heads of the three Governments also welcome the outcomes of the second and third meetings of Committees, Commission on National Defence and Security of the National Assembly of the CLV countries on 28th September 2015 in Pakse, Champasak province, Lao PDR and on 21st September 2016 in Nha Trang city, Khanh Hoa province, Vietnam, respectively.
They reaffirm the importance of ensuring security, safety and stable environment for investors, tourists and residents in the CLV DTA. They will strengthen their cooperation to fight against drugs and human trafficking, cross-border crimes, terrorism and to conduct clearance of landmines, unexploded ordance and explosive remnant of war and task relevant authorities to work closely in organizing capacity building and exchange programmes in dealing with above mentioned issues.
They welcome Japan and other development partners for their continued assistance to regional development for the Mekong countries including the CLV DTA in the coming years in the areas of removal of landmines and disposal of unexploded ordnance (UXO), disabilities aid and disaster and emergency medical care.
They reaffirm the commitments to implement, where applicable, the bilateral and multilateral agreements on movement of goods and people in the CLV DTA, particularly the Cross Border Transport Agreement (CBTA) under the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS).
In the connection of the free flow of goods, services, investment and freer flow of capital in the ASEAN Economic Community, the three Prime Ministers welcome the conclusion of the negotiations and the signing of the Agreement on Trade Promotion and Facilitation for CLV DTA and committee to fruitfully implement this Agreement with the aim to facilitate trade and investment activities in CLV DTA as the way to bridge the development gaps between CLV DTA and other regions.
They welcome the Tripartite Opening Ceremony on Cross-Border Transport Operation held in Hoa Lu, Binh Phuoc province, Vietnam and Trapeang Sre, Kratie province, Cambodia on 9th September 2015 in line with the implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between and among the Governments of Cambodia - Laos - Vietnam on Road Transport.
They welcome the results of the 11th SOM and related meetings on CLV DTA held in Dak Nong province, Vietnam on 31st October and 1st November 2016 and highly appreciate the outcome of the Study Report on developing Rubber Industry Development Plan and task the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Cambodia, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of Lao PDR and Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Vietnam, to draft the Rubber Industry Development Plan to be submitted to the 10th CLV Summit, encourage relevant ministries and agencies to seek the support from development partners in developing the Plan.
The Joint Declaration affirmed the strong commitment of the three Prime Ministers to environment protection and to the effective use and management of natural resources, including water resources and forest, for sustainable development in each country and the entire CLV DTA. They encourage localities and relevant agencies to continue incorporating issues related to the environment and sustainable development into the cooperation agenda of the three countries and develop joint programmes in hydrometeorology, climate change adaptation and mitigation, water management and geology.
The Joint Declaration recognizes the urgent need for more engagement of business community and private sector for the development of the CLV DTA and emphasizes the potential of tourism development in the DTA, especially community-based tourism, eco-tourism and cultural tourism, encourage the facilitation of travel and tourism as well as promoting three countries one destination.
The three Prime Ministers highly appreciate the efforts of the three countries’ task forces in developing an Action Plan for CLV Economic Connectivity up to 2030 and acknowledge the importance of regularly updating information on the CLV website by the three countries. They call for more financial and technical assistance from development partners and international institutions for the development of the CLV DTA and agree to strengthen the collaboration between CLV DTA and other cooperation frameworks in the Mekong Sub-region, in particular the Mekong – Japan Cooperation.
They highly appreciate the effort of the CLV countries in preparing and finalizing the 15 priority projects that have been submitted to this 9th CLV Summit and duly endorse this priority projects for future implementation./.
Ministry of Planning and Investment