Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — Leaders of Việt Nam, Laos and Cambodia on Saturday signed a joint declaration at the 10th Development Triangle Area Summit, committing to fully expand co-operation nationally rather than just in border provinces.
The three countries agreed to extend “step by step” the co-operation which would no longer be restricted to the 13 border areas of the triangle, Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc told a press conference in Hà Nội following the summit.
For the purpose, the leaders approved the Master Plan on Cambodia-Laos-Việt Nam Economic Connectivity, which outlined the directions for infrastructure, institutional and economic co-operation and people-to-people exchanges.
“We will improve the institutional and legal connectivity for the sake of people and enterprises, the infrastructure connectivity to facilitate transport, energy, trade and tourism, together with the social infrastructure most favourable for development,” Phúc said.
Phúc and his Cambodian and Lao counterparts, Samdech Hun Sen and Thongloun Sisoulith, also agreed to further co-operate on security issues, including timber smuggling, human and drugs trafficking, transnational crime, and the removal of post-war unexploded ordnance.
The countries will start developing a triangle tourism plan, which is expected to cause a spurt in the tourism growth of the three countries.
“There is a Vietnamese proverb that we brothers heartily endorse: it takes not one but three trees to make a high mountain. I truly believe that with such comprehensive connectivity, the three countries will turn a new page in development in the coming time,” Phúc said. — VNS