PM requests top preparations for GMS-6, CLV-10

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has requested that the best preparations be made for the sixth Mekong Greater Sub-Region Summit (GMS-6) and the 10th Cambodia – Laos – Vietnam Development Triangle Summit (CLV-10) scheduled for March 29-31 in Hanoi.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc at the meeting (Source: VNA)
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc at the meeting (Source: VNA)

The meetings are part of the largest multilateral diplomatic events to be held in Vietnam in 2018.

The PM made the request during a meeting in Hanoi on March 26, saying that the successful organisation of the GMS-6 and CLV-10 will improve Vietnam’s political prestige, role, and position in the international arena and build on the success of the APEC Year 2017.

He asked ministries, agencies, and localities to fully uphold responsibilities and well prepare for reception, logistics, agenda, and security at the events.

The Foreign Ministry was assigned to coordinate the efforts.

In order to ensure the security and safety of thousands of delegates and reporters, the Ministry of Public Security will partner with the ministries of National Defence and Public Health in the work, with attention given to counter-terrorism.

The municipal People’s Committee was asked to keep the environment clean before, during, and after the meetings.

Themed “Leveraging 25 years of cooperation, Building an integrated, sustainable and prosperous GMS”, the GMS-6 will mark the 25th founding anniversary of GMS cooperation and define the cooperation orientations for building a region of prosperity, integration, and sustainable development.

According to the Foreign Ministry, more than 2,000 delegates together with 200 businesses, corporations, international organisations, development partners, and the media are expected to attend the event.

Chairman of the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry Vu Tien Loc said it is the first time that Vietnam has initiated a business forum within the GMS-6 framework with a view to increasing dialogues between States and businesses and forging links between regional and global enterprises.

The GMS comprises Cambodia, China (Yunnan and Guangxi provinces), Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam. In 1992, the six countries entered into a programme of sub-regional economic cooperation, designed to enhance economic relations among the countries, as an initiative of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). Priority fields include infrastructure development, energy, telecommunications, tourism, trade-investment, human resources, and the environment.

Meanwhile, the CLV Development Triangle Area was established in 1999, covering Vietnam’s Kon Tum, Gia Lai, Dak Lak, and Dak Nong provinces; Laos’ Sekong, Attapeu, and Saravan provinces; and Cambodia’s Stung Treng, Rattanak Kiri, and Mondul Kiri provinces. In 2009, the three countries agreed to add Vietnam’s Binh Phuoc province, Cambodia’s Kratie province, and Laos’ Champasak province to the area. Its cooperation focuses on the fields of security, external affairs, transport, industry, agriculture, trade, investment, and environmental protection.