Scene at the CLV Environment-Social Affairs Sub-Committee's 8th meeting (Photo: VNA)

Binh Phuoc (VNA) – How to raise the living standards of people residing in the Laos-Vietnam-Cambodia (CLV) Development Triangle was the main theme of a conference in the southern province of Binh Phuoc on December 17.

The conference was the 8th gathering of the Environment-Social Affairs Sub-Committee, held as part of the CLV Development Triangle Joint Coordination Committee’s 11th meeting, which runs from December 15 to 19.

At the event, officials highlighted organic farming in connection with environmental protection as a potential path to local livelihood creation. Other solutions in the package included interregional tourism development, cultural preservation, and water resources protection, particularly proper use of water resources in the Mekong Delta River to cope with climate change impacts.

These measures aimed at better environmental protection and sustainable livelihood, which would give an impetus to socio-economic growth in the CLV Development Area.

As heard at the conference, thanks to close cooperation among Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, socio-environmental protection, particularly climate change adaptation, had made progress.

However, socio-economic development had brought about negative influences on the environment, life and traditional customs and practices of people in the area. Continuous natural disasters required further coordination in protecting the environment and improving public awareness in this regard.

The same day, the CLV Development Triangle Area’s Security – Foreign Affairs Sub-Committee also convened its 10th meeting in the province.

Based on contents inked at the previous meeting, the three countries have closely worked with each other to control border security, manage borderlines and effectively fight against cross-border drug trafficking, human trafficking and other crimes.

The parties also exchanged information to deal with existing shortcomings related to immigration and border division, and organised people-to-people exchanges.

Also on December 17, the 10th meeting of the area’s Economic Subcommittee took place, focusing on measures to boost cooperation. These measures included information liaison and the implementation of signed agreement by parties involved, such as those on preferential policies and overall socio-economic planning in the CLV Development Triangle Area.

They suggested the three countries promote trade-tourism-investment coordination and joint projects with international partners, and frequently update their joint online portal.

The function scheduled the committee’s 11th meeting for 2018 in Cambodia.

The CLV Development Triangle Area was established in 1999, covering 13 provinces, including four from Cambodia, four from Laos and five from Vietnam.-VNA