A working team from the Party Central Committee’s Commission for External Relations, lead by Chairman Hoang Binh Quan, held a working session with the Steering Committee for the Central Highlands (SCCH) on September 3 on how to enhance the region’s relations with its neighbours, Laos and Cambodia.

Quan urged the SCCH to step up its efforts to link the region’s localities and promote the efficiency of foreign relations, whilst boosting economic cooperation with Cambodian and Laotian localities just across the border.

He asked the committee to focus on the effective implementation of commitments and high-level agreements made between Vietnam and its two neighbouring countries.

The committee should implement more effective measures to encourage domestic businesses to invest in the Development Triangle of Cambodia-Laos-Vietnam, while paying more attention to increasing citizen exchanges and educating the next generation on the solidarity and friendship among the three countries.

According to Lieutenant General Trieu Xuan Hoa, Deputy Head of the SCCH, regional localities cooperated with the southern provinces of Laos and northeastern localities of Cambodia on a range of issues, including trade, investment, national defence, security, and cultural exchanges among the countries’ peoples.

They collaborated closely on maintaining the respective countries’ sovereignty and border security, as well on the fight against smuggling and drug trafficking, he said.

The localities of the three countries have held regular meetings, exchanged information and patrolled their borders together to strengthen security and safety along the shared borders, Hoa added.

Trade between the Central Highlands region and Laotian and Cambodian localities has grown by 13 percent on average each year, with the main goods for export being technical equipment, construction materials, oil and gas, pharmaceuticals, medical equipment and seeds.

Between 2012 and 2013, Central Highlands localities invested in 35 projects in Laos and Cambodia, totalling over 1.5 trillion USD, noted Hoa.

Furthermore, regional localities provided support to Lao and Cambodia on planning, the construction of infrastructure and supplying power to border areas, he stated.-VNA