The three provinces sign a Memorandum of Understanding on tourism, trade, investment and communication cooperation at the event (Photo: VNA)

Quang Tri (VNA) – The provinces of Quang Tri (Vietnam), Savannakhet (Laos) and Mukdahan (Thailand) have agreed to make joint efforts to boost cross-border tourism, trade and investment activities.

At a conference on cooperation in tourism, trade, investment and media in Dong Ha city, the central province of Quang Tri on November 12, the three sought to facilitate trade, tourism and investment links via reforming administrative procedures, minimising barriers, upgrading equipment, improving service quality and reducing fee structure.

Officials reviewed the “one-stop-shop” model being applied in the Lao Bao (Quang Tri)-Densavan (Savanakhet) international border gate for the future use at an international border gate between Mukdahan and Savannakhet, with a view to creating a uniform import-export and immigration processing system, especially on the East-West Economic Corridor (EWEC) that runs through the three countries.

Dr. Khampheui Phanthochone, Deputy Mayor of Savannakhet, said the annual conference helped spur the three localities’ economies and reinforce their solidarity.

Meanwhile, Yongyuth Singthawat, Deputy Mayor of Mukdahan, emphasised that all the three provinces lie on the EWEC with a lot of potential in tourism development.

Quang Tri has two border gates with Savannakhet, which are Lao Bao-Densavan and La Lay-Salavan.-VNA