Vietnam, Cambodia boost cooperation and development in border provinces

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The tenth conference on Cooperation and Development of Vietnam-Cambodia border provinces was held in Ho Chi Minh City on January 10. (Photo:
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NDO – The 10th Vietnam - Cambodia Conference on Cooperation and Development of Border Provinces was held in Ho Chi Minh City on January 10, under the co-chair of Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh and Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sar Kheng.

Over 200 senior leaders and officials from ministries, sectors and agencies of both countries, as well as representatives from military regions, legions and border provinces of Vietnam and Cambodia attended the event.

At the end of the conference, both sides issued a report and a joint declaration.

Delegates expressed their pleasure at witnessing that the cooperation and development in localities along the joint border of the two countries since the 9th Conference (on March 2017) have achieved substantial results.

The related authorities from the two sides have set up multiple policies and measures, while signing various documents to create favourable frameworks for border cooperation. The border localities and their neighbouring locales have actively exchanged delegations, while implementing specific cooperation activities. Defence and security in the border areas have been maintained, border trade is growing steadily, and the economy and living conditions of locals are increasingly improving.

The two sides highlighted the importance of security-defense cooperation in maintaining the peace, stability and security environment of each country. They agreed to implement specific cooperation plans, regularly exchange information and coordinate to prevent cross-border crimes in order to ensure security and order across the border.

Vietnamese Deputy PM and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh (R) and Cambodian Deputy PM and Interior Minister Sar Kheng. (Photo: VNA)

The two sides also expressed their determination to promote the connection of the two economies, especially the connection among border provinces, attaching importance to connecting transportation, electricity, tourism, telecommunications and banking routes; promoting trade at border gates toward an early signing of a Border Trade Agreement; and promoting a joint border market model in Da commune, Memot district, Tbong Khmum province; in addition to boosting the signing of a protocol to amend the Protocol on implementing the Vietnam - Cambodia Road Transport Agreement and a Memorandum of Understanding on the supplement and amendment to the Vietnam - Cambodia Waterway Transport Agreement.

They vowed to use their determination to increase investment and further support border provinces, including through multilateral cooperation programmes under sub-regional frameworks in mainland Southeast Asia, while strengthening cooperation in the field of irrigation planning, management and sustainable and effective use of water sources from the Mekong River.

Both sides praised the efforts of the relevant functional forces in carrying out the border demarcation work and agreed to focus their efforts to soon complete and sign two legal documents to recognise the completion rate of the border demarcation reaching 84% of the work volume.

On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the January 7 Victory to overthrow the Pol Pot genocidal regime, the two Deputy PMs agreed to continue building and embellishing the Vietnam-Cambodia Friendship monuments, while accelerating the search, collection and repatriation of remains of Vietnamese voluntary martyrs and experts who died in the war in Cambodia.

On behalf of the Governments of the two countries, Deputy PM Pham Binh Minh and his counterpart Sar Kheng proposed that the delegates from the relevant ministries, agencies and border localities of the two countries in attendance at the conference thoroughly grasp and actively coordinate in implementing the specific directions and measures proposed by the 10th Conference, contributing to continue building a Vietnam - Cambodia joint border for peace, friendship, cooperation and development.