An Giang, Cambodia’s Kandal province foster comprehensive partnership hinh anh 1An overview of the conference (Photo: VNA)

An Giang (VNA) – The Mekong Delta province of An Giang and Cambodia’s Kandal province held a conference in Long Xuyen city on September 10 to review their cooperation since the beginning of the year and sketch out plans for the rest of 2019.

Addressing the event, Chairman of the People’s Committee of An Giang Nguyen Thanh Binh said that over the years, hospitals in the border area of An Giang have treated more than 2,000 Cambodian patients.

The two localities have shared information and helped each other enhance capacity in supervising and preventing communicable diseases.

On the occasion, Binh thanked Kandal Governor Mao Phirun and Kandal authorities for supporting Team K90 of Vietnam in searching for and repatriating remains of Vietnamese soldiers who died in Cambodia. Since 2018, the team has collected and repatriated 24 sets of remains, he noted.

For his part, Kandal Governor Mao Phirun said the partnership between the two localities has expanded to cover many areas such as economy, culture and society.

He proposed An Giang invest in building a new bridge to connect Nhon Hoi commune of An Phu district with Kandal province across Binh Di canal, making it easier for locals of both sides to travel.

Authorities of the two sides should work closely in preventing illegal sand exploitation in border rivers as well as combating criminals along the border.

For the rest of the year, the two sides will continue coordinating to ensure security and order along the border, while authorities of both sides will strengthen communications on laws among border communities, they agreed.

An Giang and Kandal will also coordinate in managing entry and exit activities in auxiliary border gates, while creating favourable conditions for road and waterway travel, and closely controlling vehicle and goods transport through the border.

Alongside, the two sides will continue affiliating with the joint committee on land demarcation and marker planting of Vietnam and Cambodia to speed up the planting of border markers along the border.

The two localities will cooperate in preventing river bank erosion to protect border markers, while supporting each other in trade promotion and forming banks in border areas to facilitate border trade.

They will allow locals to use water in rivers and canals along the border for farming, share information on the environment and water levels in rivers and canal, and provide optimal conditions for trade exchange.

Kandal will continue building a good transshipment centre in Chrey Thom international border gate and other border gates, while An Giang will finalise procedures for the upgrade of Vinh Xuong-Kaomsomnor and Khanh Binh border gates to international ones, as well as the opening of two auxiliary border gates of Khanh An-Prek Chrey Prek Tonle and Vat Lai-Prek Sbov./.