Leaders of ASEAN member countries to the 22nd ASEAN Summit in Brunei took part in various activities on the fringes of the event on April 25.

The leaders of Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines met in the 9th Summit of Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA), during which they reiterated the importance of establishing BIMP-EAGA as a destination for ecotourism and food centre.

They also underscored the urgency of spurring economic development and narrowing the development gap among BIMP-EAGA members.

It was reported at the summit that BIMP-EAGA trade rocketed from 100 billion USD in 2009 to 170 billion USD in 2011, and foreign investment pumped into the area jumped from 24 billion USD to 55 billion USD.

The leaders and representatives of Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand attended the seventh summit of the Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle (IMT-GT).

They signed an agreement on the establishment of the Centre for IMT-GT Subregional Cooperation (CIMT), which will be headquartered in Malaysia and tasked to strengthen the three member countries’ specific commitments to cooperation in outlining IMT-GT projects and programmes.

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen held talks with his Thai counterpart Yingluck Shinawatra on border issues.-VNA