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Regional leaders to meet in Hà Nội

Update: March, 16/2018 - 09:00
Foreign Affairs Deputy Minister Đặng Đình Quý speaks at a press conference on Thursday in Hà Nội. — VNA/VNS Photo Doãn Tấn

HÀ NỘI — Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc and his regional counterparts are expected to gather in Hà Nội this month to attend two development summits, announced the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Thursday.

Foreign Affairs Deputy Minister Đặng Đình Quý during a press conference on Thursday said that Hà Nội planned to welcome more than 2,000 government leaders, international organisations’ officials and business representatives for the 6th Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) Summit and the 10th Cambodia-Laos-Việt Nam Development Triangle Summit. They are due to take place from March 29-31.

“The summits are the most important international events of Việt Nam this year,” Quý said.

“They also involve the development of our closest bordering neighbour countries.”

The GMS consists of six member countries locating in the basin of the Mekong River: Cambodia, Laos, Việt Nam, Thailand, Myanmar and China, specifically Yunnan Province and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

Early this week, the Asian Development Bank’s Division of Regional Co-operation and Operations Coordination in Southeast Asia director Alfredo Perdiguero told the media that an agreement for regional development worth of US$66 billion is to be signed at the GMS Summit.

Business forum

Quý highlighted the organisation of the GMS Business Forum, being held for the first time during the 25-year history of the GMS.

He said that the forum was of “great interest” to domestic and international businesses, with more than 200 firms so far registered to attend.

The forum aims to create an opportunity for businesses seeking co-operation to meet up and connect. — VNS


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