On April 4, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and his delegation arrived in Hua Hin, Thailand for the Mekong River Commission (MRC) International Conference after successfully concluding their three-day visit to the Union of Myanmar.
PM Dung met with his Thai and Lao counterparts Abhisit Vejjajiva and Buasone Bouphavanh on the sidelines of the conference.
During his meeting with the Thai PM, Mr Dung expressed the hope that Thailand would successfully organize the MRC International Conference to promote MRC cooperation. He said Vietnam always attaches great importance to developing the friendship and comprehensive cooperation with Thailand including the MRC.
The Thai PM said Thailand will help Vietnam to assume the 2010 ASEAN Chair and will attend the celebration of the 1000th anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi.
The two PMs agreed upon measures to boost economic, trade, and investment cooperation and to hold an inter-government meeting for the two foreign ministries to arrange a convenient schedule.
They also underlined the need to promote an exchange of information and propose effective measures to cope with the challenges that face the Mekong River. The two PMs believed that major step orientations would be devised at the conference to improve regional cooperation and encourage Myanmar and China to take part in the MRC.
Vietnam, Laos aim for US$1 billion in two-way trade turnover in 2010
In a meeting with his Lao counterpart, Bouasone Bouphavanh, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung expressed his delight at the strong development in the two countries’ investment and trade cooperation. Despite numerous difficulties in 2009, Vietnam-Laos two-way trade turnover reached more than US$420 million, equal to the previous year’s figure.
The two PMs agreed to introduce specific measures to increase the effectiveness of bilateral cooperation in various fields, with the aim of raising the two-way trade turnover to US$1 billion in 2010.
They pledged to instruct ministries and functional agencies in both countries to review the implementation of the 2006-2010 Vietnam-Lao cooperation programme.
Both sides also reached consensus on building the cooperation programme in 2011-2015 and the Vietnam-Laos cooperation strategy from 2011 to 2020 in combination with the plans and strategies for socio-economic development in both countries.
PM Dung and his Lao counterpart also appreciated this year’s MRC International Conference.
Mr Dung said that the Mekong River is currently in jeopardy, thus requiring stronger cooperation to overcome challenges for mutual benefits.