PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his spouse arrive in Thailand on June 15. (Photo: VNA)

Bangkok (VNA) – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his entourage arrived in Bangkok, Thailand, on June 15 afternoon for the 8th Ayeyawady-Chao Phraya-Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy Summit (ACMECS 8) and the 9th Cambodia-Laos-Myanmar-Vietnam Summit (CLMV 9).

The Prime Minister was welcomed by Thai Minister of Digital Economy and Society Pichet Durongkaveroj, officials from the Thai Foreign Ministry, Vietnamese Ambassador to Thailand Nguyen Hai Bang and the Vietnamese people community in Thailand.

PM Phuc is scheduled to meet with his Thai counterpart Prayut Chan-ocha and witness the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Kasikorn Bank and the Vietnamese Ministry of Planning and Investment’s Enterprise Development Agency later the day. He will also meet with some large enterprises of Thailand.

On June 16, he will attend the opening ceremony of the ACMECS 8 and the CLMV 9. He will have meetings with some foreign leaders on the sidelines of the event.

ACMECS is a cooperation framework amongst Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam to utilise the member countries’ diverse strengths and to promote balanced development in the sub-region. It was established in April 2003 under the initiative of then Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

Vietnam officially joined the summit in 2004 during the first ACMECS ministers’ meeting, which was held in Thailand in November that year.

The CLMV is an open cooperation mechanism aiming to promote potential and advantages of Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam, and call for support from other ASEAN countries as well as partners for the four countries.

The CLMV Summit was first held in 2004.-VNA