Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and a Vietnamese delegation left Hanoi on June 15 noon for the 8th Ayeyawady-Chao Phraya-Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy Summit (ACMECS 8) and the 9th Cambodia-Laos-Myanmar-Vietnam Summit (CLMV 9) in Bangkok, Thailand.

The attendance is made at the invitation of Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha and Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techno Hun Sen.

The Government leader is accompanied by Minister, Chairman of the Office of the Government Mai Tien Dung, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Tran Hong Ha, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Cao Quoc Hung, Deputy Minister of Transport Le Dinh Tho, Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment Le Quang Manh, Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Trinh Thi Thuy, Deputy Minister of Education and Training Nguyen Thi Nghia, and Deputy Minister of Finance Vu Thi Mai.

PM Phuc’s participation in the events is a vivid illustration for Vietnam’s appreciation of Ayeyawady-Chao Phraya-Mekong and Cambodia-Laos-Myanmar economic cooperation mechanisms. It also helps enhance Vietnam’s role in the mechanisms while stepping up cooperation across the fields of regional connectivity, water resources cooperation, trade and investment.

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