Phnom Penh, Nov 18 (VNA) - In the spirit of friendly neighbourliness
and reliable partnership, Vietnam wants to contribute positively to the
Ayeyawady-Chao Phraya-Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy (ACMECS)
Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung delivered the statement at the
opening of the 4 th ACMECS Summit in the Cambodian capital city of Phnom
Penh on Nov 17.
Since its inception in 2003, the ACMECS cooperation has reaped a wide
range of initial encouraging results and positively supplemented other
cooperation frameworks being implemented in the Mekong sub-region and
Southeast Asia, PM Dung said.
The PM said the ACMECS cooperation mechanism has been constantly
strengthened and expanded to different areas, however, many cooperation
potentials have yet to be fully tapped.
Following the opening ceremony, PM Dung empowered Minister of Planning
and Investment Vo Hong Phuc to attend the debate session and related
The 4th ACMECS Summit reviewed cooperation activities deployed since the
3 rd summit and put forward directions and measures to make ACMECS
cooperation more practical in the years to come.
The summit applauded the member nations’ efforts in establishing a new
cooperation mechanism on the environment and setting up a Working Group
on Environmental Cooperation, which is co-chaired by Vietnam and
The summit adopted the Phnom Penh Declaration and the ACMECS Plan of
Action for the 2010-2012 period, affirming the resolve to step up ACMECS
cooperation for peace, stability and prosperity in the sub-region. The
delegates agreed to hold the 5 th ACMECS Summit in Laos in 2012.
On the sidelines of the summit, an ACMECS Business Forum was held,
drawing the participation of more than 350 companies from the member
nations, including Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam.
The businesspeople explored investment and cooperation opportunities and
recommended solutions to improve the investment environments in the
ACMECS countries. They also held a dialogue with high-ranking leaders of
the member nations.
Later in the day, PM Dung and his entourage left Phnom Penh, wrapping up
their official visit to Cambodia and attendance in the 6 th
Cambodia-Laos-Vietnam Summit, the 5 th Cambodia-Laos-Myanmar-Vietnam
Summit and the 4th ACMECS. (VNA)
Article Source: www.mcot.net/cfcustom/cache_page/131308.html