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Việt Nam, Thailand work to ensure Mekong river water usage

Update: October, 26/2016 - 10:13
Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc and Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak during their meeting on the sidelines of ACMECS 7, CLMV 8 and WEF-Mekong in Hà Nội yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photo 

HÀ NỘI – Việt Nam and Thailand will work closely together and with international organisations to manage the Mekong River’s resources efficiently.

That was agreed by Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc and Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak during their meeting on the sidelines of
ACMECS 7, CLMV 8 and WEF-Mekong in Hà Nội yesterday.

The two countries will co-ordinate with other ASEAN members to promote the bloc’s central role in regional and international issues, they said.

On behalf of the Vietnamese Government, PM Phúc sent his condolences to Thai people on the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, calling his passing a great loss to Thailand.

He noted that ACMECS 7, CLMV 8 and WEF-Mekong allow countries to discuss programmes suitable for their respective potential and seek solutions to improve the efficiency of co-operation and raise bilateral trade value to US$20 billion by 2020.

He praised Thai-invested projects in Việt Nam and pledged optimal conditions for Thai businesspeople.

The two countries should boost co-operation in labour, he said, suggesting the Thai government support Vietnamese labourers in Thailand.

He also proposed the two countries sign co-operation deals on creativeness, science and technology and establish a hotline on fisheries to tackle issues at sea.

The Thai Deputy PM showed his delight at intensified bilateral ties, especially since the countries set up a strategic partnership in 2013.

Thai investors in Việt Nam are leading enterprises in Thailand. More Thai businesspeople are expected to pour money into finance, banking, thermo-electricity, and oil refineries in Việt Nam.  The Thai Deputy PM pledged to assist Vietnamese businesses operating in Thailand.— VNS

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