Monday, October 29, 2012

Vietnam, Thailand issue cabinet retreat joint statement

Vietnam and Thailand issued a joint statement on their second joint cabinet retreat in Hanoi on October 27.

As agreed upon by the Governments of Vietnam and Thailand, the second Vietnam-Thailand Joint Cabinet Retreat was co-chaired by Prime Minister of Vietnam Nguyen Tan Dung and Prime Minister of Thailand Yingluck Shinawatra.

The statement said in their opening remarks, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra underlined the importance of the Second Joint Cabinet Retreat as it represented progress in bilateral traditional friendship and multifaceted cooperation.

The two PMs expressed confidence that the Joint Cabinet Retreat would create new momentum for further progress in the existing good bilateral cooperation in the coming years, contributing to each country’s socio-economic development, maintaining peace and stability and enhancing cooperation and prosperity in the region and the world.

The statement elaborated that following the opening ceremony, the two PMs held closed talks and the Ministers of the two Governments discussed in three thematic groups on Political and Security, Economic, and Social, Cultural and Educational issues.

PM Dung and PM Shinawatra noted with satisfaction the progress and development of the traditional friendship and multifaceted cooperation between Vietnam and Thailand over the past 36 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations on August 6, 1976.

Exchanges of high-level delegations had been conducted on a regular basis with a view to enhancing mutual trust and understanding. Bilateral cooperation continued to deepen and expand.

In addition to good political relations, cooperation between the two countries had been thriving in many fields. Cooperation in security and defence had been continually strengthened and expanded. Economic, trade and investment cooperation had become increasingly productive.

Bilateral trade had seen continual growth, amounting to some US$8.17 billion in 2011. Thailand had 292 projects at work in Vietnam with the accumulated capital of US$6 billion, ranking 10th among the 96 countries and territories investing in the country.

The two PMs highly appreciated the results of group meetings and agreed on measures to further strengthen the existing good relations between the two countries.

With regard to political and security issues, the two sides agreed to maintain and promote exchange of visits and contacts at all levels, develop and effectively implement the various phases of the “Action Plan” for bolstering cooperation.

The two sides agreed to strengthen existing cooperation mechanisms including the Joint Cabinet Retreat, the Joint Consultative Mechanism, the Joint Commission, the Joint Trade Committee, the Joint Working Group on Political and Security Cooperation, the Political Consultation Group.

Both sides agreed to expand and strengthen cooperation in combating trans-national crime, particularly trafficking in women and children, enhance cooperation to combat terrorism both in bilateral and multilateral frameworks, establish a Working Group with a view to increase information exchange and to find proper solutions to the issue of illegal fishing activities in the sea area of each country.

The two sides also discussed issues related to consular cooperation with a view to establishing an Agreement on Consular Cooperation. The two sides reaffirmed that they would not allow any individuals and hostile forces to use their territories for activities against the other country.

On economic cooperation, both sides welcomed the outcomes of the 1 st Joint Trade Committee meeting on July 2012 in Hanoi and affirmed the determination to step up trade promotion programs, enhance cooperation between businesses of the two countries, strive to achieve the target of 20 percent annual growth in two-way trade in the 2012-2015 period, promote trade and investment cooperation between the two countries on GMS, East-West Economic Corridor (EWEC) frameworks and conduct study on ways and means to facilitate transport of passengers and goods on other potential routes including Route No.8 and No. 12 linking Thailand-Laos and Vietnam which were not part of GMS CBTA designated routes.

Both sides agreed to continue to enhance cooperation in producing, processing and exporting rice, enhance cooperation in industry and energy, and boost connectivity between the two countries by developing new airline routes between provinces of the two countries in the time to come.

The two sides also welcomed the establishment of the Thailand-Vietnam and the Vietnam-Thailand Business Councils and encouraged closer cooperation between the private sectors of both countries.

On cultural, social and educational cooperation, the two sides reaffirmed their cooperation in enhancing vocational training, labour and social welfare as well as expediting the signing of the MOU on Labour Cooperation.

The two countries agreed to intensify the areas of cooperation of the Joint Working Group on Educational Cooperation, to increase cultural, and art activities and sport exchanges between the two countries, promote cooperation in education and training, share teaching experience, promote exchange among students and teachers, encourage the teaching of Vietnamese and Thai languages at schools and universities in each country.

To elevate bilateral ties to a strategic level in the time to come, the two government leaders agreed to task the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of each country to work as the focal point for coordinating with relevant ministries and agencies to work out the specific elements of and roadmap for upgrading bilateral ties to strategic partnership in the interest of the two peoples for peace, stability, cooperation and prosperity in the region and the world at large.

With regard to ASEAN cooperation, PM Dung and PM Shinawatra agreed that the two countries would work closely with each other and with other ASEAN countries to successfully realise the goal of an ASEAN Community by 2015, strengthen unity cooperation and intra-ASEAN integration, maintain ASEAN’s central role in regional institutions.

The two sides reiterated their determination to work closely with other riparian countries to ensure sustainable use of water resources in the Mekong River .

The two PMs exchanged views on the recent developments in the East Sea and underlined the importance of peace, stability, and maritime security and safety in the East Sea, resolve disputes in peaceful manner on the basis of conforming to the law and the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, fully and effectively implement the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC), ASEAN’s declaration of 6-Point Principles on the East Sea and resume discussion towards the adoption of the Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC).

Vietnam believed that Thailand, in its capacity as the coordinating country for ASEAN-China relations (2012-2015), would help further promote ASEAN-China strategic partnership, actively contributing to peace, stability, security and development in the region.

At the end of the Meeting, the two PMs witnessed the signing ceremony of the Joint Statement of the Second Vietnam-Thailand Joint Cabinet Retreat, the Joint Statement on Thailand - Vietnam Security Outlook for 2012-2016 and the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the Establishment of the Thailand – Vietnam and the Vietnam – Thailand Business Councils.

The statement stated that the Second Vietnam – Thailand Joint Cabinet Retreat was concluded with great success.

The two sides affirmed the willingness to maintain and promote the effectiveness of the Joint Cabinet Retreat mechanism in the coming time with a view to elevating the bilateral ties to a higher level towards strategic partnership.

PM Shinawatra expressed gratitude to the Government and people of Vietnam for the warm hospitality accorded to the Thai Delegation.

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra extended an invitation to Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung for an official visit to Thailand in the coming time. Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung accepted the invitation with pleasure. The time of the visit would be arranged through the diplomatic channel.


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