Souce:Xinhua Publish By Jane B. Hatcher Updated 15/03/2013
By Feng Yingqiu
YANGON, March 15 — Myanmar has affirmed its commitment to join hands
with fellow members of the Ayeyawaddy- Chao Phraya-Mekong Economic
Cooperation Strategy (c) to realize the action plans of the grouping.
It was pledged by Myanmar Vice President Sai Mauk Kham at the 5th
summit of the ACMECS in Vientiane, Laos which ended on Wednesday.
The five-member ACMECS countries comprise Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam.
There are eight sectors that ACMECS is cooperating, namely trade and
investment, agriculture, industry and energy, transportation, tourist,
human resources development, public health and environmental
The 5th ACMECS summit adopted the Vientiane Declaration and ACMECS
action plan for 2013-15 and approved Myanmar as the next venue for
holding the next summit which Myanmar assured of taking concrete step
for its successful holding.
Participants vowed to double the efforts of member countries
individually and collectively for the sake of ACMECS nations and their
The Vientiane summit reviewed cooperation process among the five
ACMECS countries approved at the previous summit and the regional
leaders reaffirmed their commitment to implementing the targets of the
2003 Bagan Declaration for the sake of good neighborliness, peace,
stability and sustainable development in the region.
The summit also reviewed the implementation of the Phnom Penh Declaration in November 2010 and the 2010-12 action plans.
A dialogue between ACMECS leaders and business sector also took place
in Vientiane touching on future work plan of ACMECS businessmen
In November 2003, the original four countries — Cambodia, Laos,
Myanmar and Thailand, which share border with each other, held their
first ACMECS summit in Myanmar’s ancient city of Bagan, laying down
ACMECS program which provides for cooperation in five main strategic
areas of agriculture, industry, trade and investment, transport, tourist
and human resources development.
Vietnam joined the ACMECS in 2004.
In May 2007, ACMECS foreign ministers met in Myanmar’s Mandalay and
pledged to work for greater competitiveness, narrower economic disparity
and promoting socio-economic development in the subregion.
Calling for realization of their 2003 Bagan Declaration efficiently
and effectively, the foreign ministers also expressed their desire to
strengthen the aims and objectives of the declaration and work for
attaining prosperity in the subregion through enhanced solidarity,
mutual respect, goods neighborliness and active cooperation among the
The 5th ACMECS summit was held along with the 6th Cambodia-Laos- Myanmar-Vietnam (CLMV) Summit in the Lao capital.