An overview of the SOM (Source: VNA)

Binh Phuoc (VNA) – The Senior Officials' Meeting (SOM) of the Cambodia-Laos-Vietnam Development Triangle Area (DTA) opened in the southern province of Binh Phuoc on December 19.

The event was jointly chaired by Nguyen The Phuong, Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment; Mao Thora, head of the Cambodian senior officials’ delegation; and Songkan Luangunithon, head of the Lao senior officials’ delegation.

Delegates spoke highly of the traditional friendship and comprehensive cooperation between the three countries in general and the 13 localities in the DTA in particular, considering the relationship an important factor for stability and development in each country and the region.

They agreed to build and maintain the sustainable and comprehensive development triangle area as committed by the three Prime Ministers at the ninth CLV Summit in Siem Riep, Cambodia, in November 2016.

At the meeting, participants appreciated the outcomes of the 11th Investment-Trade and Tourism Promotion Forum for the Cambodia-Laos-Vietnam DTA on December 18 and the 7th Cambodia-Laos-Vietnam DTA Youth Forum.

The heads of the SOM delegations emphasised the importance of strengthening cooperation in conducting research on the possibility of sustainable development, sharing experience in making climate change-related policies, and transferring technology and experts in natural resources management and biodiversity preservation.

They reached a consensus on building an action plan to implement the Socio-economic Development Master Plan of the CLV Development Triangle Area during 2010-2020.

Vietnam proposed Cambodia and Laos support Vietnamese enterprises’ projects in the countries and encourage their investors to come to Vietnam to seek investment opportunities in Binh Phuoc province and the four Central Highlands provinces of Dak Nong, Dak Lak, Gia Lai and Kon Tum.-VNA