Date: 2010/11/22Author: XinhuaDerivation: Xinhua Net
A Myanmar state newspaper, the New Light of Myanmar, said on Monday in
its editorial that the country hoped member countries of the
Ayeyawaddy-Chaophraya-Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy (ACMECS) will
be able to further promote regional cooperation, stability and
development through their good neighborliness.
ACMECS countries, which comprise Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam, share border with each other.
The 4th ACMECS Summit was held in Phnom Penh, capital of Cambodia on
Nov. 17, attended by prime minister of respective countries.
Myanmar prime minister U Thein Sein stressed at the summit the need to
motivate the respective organs implementing the process of ACMECS
through fulfilling their obligations, to speed up the establishment of
ASEAN Community in 2015 and to provide assistance for both government
and private sectors to be able to achieve success on common goals.
At the summit, the ACMECS prime ministers discussed importance of
private sector's participation in promoting the cooperation between the
member countries, promotion of the role of the economic council and
cooperation on the industrial and energy sectors.
The prime ministers also exchanged views on enhancement of global
tourism, environmental conservation, formation of cooperative task
forces and ensuring trade and investment development.
The summit approved the ACMECS Phnom Penh Declaration and future program (2010-12).
In November 2003, the original four countries -- Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar
and Thailand held their first ACMECS summit in Myanmar's ancient city
of Bagan, laying down ACMECS program which provides for cooperation in
five main strategic areas of agriculture, industry, trade and
investment, transport, tourist and human resources development.
Vietnam joined the ACMECS in 2004.
In May 2007, ACMECS foreign ministers met in Myanmar's Mandalay,
pledging to work for greater competitiveness, narrower economic
disparity and promoting socio-economic development in the subregion.
Calling for realization of their 2003 Bagan Declaration efficiently and
effectively, the foreign ministers also expressed their desire to
strengthen the aims and objectives of the declaration and work for
attaining prosperity in the subregion through enhanced solidarity,
mutual respect, goods neighborliness and active cooperation among the
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