|Viet Nam and Thailand agreed to set up a hotline for the fishing activities of the two countries in the first quarter of this year, during an official visit of Vu Van Tam, deputy director of the ministry of agricultural and rural development, to Thailand from January 10 to 14. — Photo vietnamplus.vn
HA NOI (VNS) — Viet Nam and Thailand have agreed to set up a hotline to facilitate fishing activities by the two countries in the first quarter of this year.
The announcement was made during the official visit of Vu Van Tam, deputy minister of the Ministry of Agricultural and Rural Development, to Thailand between January 10 and 14.
The deputy minister had attended working meetings with Sakchai Sriboonsue, deputy permanent secretary of Thailand's Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, during this time as well.
The visit followed the prime minister's guidelines to form a Viet Nam-Thailand Joint Working Group to reduce and prevent illegal fishing, as well as to deploy agricultural and seafood collaboration plans between the two countries.
The two parties agreed to complete domestic procedures and report to the agricultural ministers at an early date, in order to sign an agreement for setting up a hotline for their fishing activities in the first quarter of this year.
Thailand will announce its structure and members for the joint working group at an early date.
The two countries also agreed to continue collaborating in terms of agricultural and seafood disease prevention and quality management, as well as to unify regulations and standards for agricultural exports, besides simplifying their trade procedures for agricultural products such as litchis, longans, mangosteens and mangoes.
They agreed to ask the two ministers for permission to make the necessary adjustments to the memorandum of understanding on agricultural cooperation between the two ministries.
The memorandum was signed in 2003 but is no longer suited to the present situation, especially with the formation of the ASEAN Economic Community at the end of last year.
The two parties will join hands in organising a meeting for the agricultural working groups of the two countries in Phuket Province in June, as well as a high-level meeting on agriculture in Ha Noi in July.
Tam also visited the Command Centre for Combating Illegal Fishing while in Thailand to learn about its organisational structure and activities.
Viet Nam and Thailand agreed to promote the implementation of the signed agreement between the two countries and to further negotiate with other parties in the ASEAN to sustainably manage the regional seafood resources. — VNS