Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Spotlight on developing border area

July 21, 2009

Cambodia, Laos, Viet Nam delegations keen for infrastructure investment

KON TUM — The role of national assemblies from Cambodia, Laos and Viet Nam in promoting development in their common border area was high on the agenda at a conference which opened yesterday in the Central Highland province of Kon Tum.

The three-day conference was the first between the Committees for External Affairs of the three nations’ national assemblies. Delegates were also to discuss special priorities, including ways to encourage businesses to invest in key infrastructure such as roads, irrigation and electricity.

Issues related to capital disbursement, support for farmers, co-operation on culture, tourism, health care and environmental protection, as well as ways to promote peace and friendship, were other agenda topics.

The Vice Chairwoman of the NA of Viet Nam, Tong Thi Phong, said the conference’s role in implementing agreements between the Governments of Cambodia, Laos and Viet Nam on poverty reduction, human resources development, health care and socio-economic infrastructure development for people in the area was significant.

The chairman of the Viet Nam NA Committee for External Affairs, Nguyen Van Son, said the conference was considered as a step in pushing up co-operative agreements signed between the Vietnamese NA and its Cambodian and Laotian counterparts.

He said it was also a chance for delegates from the national assemblies to share information and experiences and recommend effective ways to further partnership.

Officials from the Cambodian and Lao delegations said the national assemblies played an important role in boosting the development of border areas.

The legislators wanted to create a harmonious legal corridor which would promote investment between the neighbouring countries, they said. —VNS

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