HCM CITY (VNS)— Thailand and Viet Nam transport officials are meeting for two days to discuss capacity enhancement for Vietnamese transport and logistics companies to prepare for the creation of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC).
The AEC, which targets integration of the economies of 10 member nations in the Association of South East Asian Nations, will become official in 2015. Each nation in the association must show that it has sound preparation in various sectors, including transport and logistics, to boost trade and the exchange of goods.
The conference, which is being held December 13 and 14, is discussing the legal framework for trans-border transport, traffic infrastructure development for AEC, and standards for roadway logistics.
Speaking at the conference, Nguyen Ngoc Thuyen, deputy director of International Cooperation Department under the Transport Ministry, said Thailand had been very active in helping with the preparation for AEC and had assisted Viet Nam in integrating into the community.
Also in attendance at the meeting are officials from the Department of Land Transport of Thailand. Viet Nam and Thailand have close roadway cooperation in programmes related to the East-West Economic Corridor, which runs through Myanmar, Thailand, Laos and Viet Nam. — VNS