Senior officials and delegates from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam have shared their experiences in devising and implementing international economic integration policies to serve their countries’ sustainable development at a seminar in Hanoi.

At the July 25 seminar, participants agreed that their countries should promote cooperation in the sub-regional, regional and inter-regional frameworks to make the best use of opportunities and minimise challenges from international economic integration.

Vietnam’s Deputy Foreign Minister Doan Xuan Hung suggested the four countries continue to actively take part in international economic integration and closely coordinate to contribute to building the ASEAN community.

In his speech, former Deputy Prime Minister Vu Khoan said that the four countries should promote regional cooperation and connectivity and make the best use of cooperation with other countries in the principle of maintaining sovereignty and legitimate rights

Asian Development Bank Country Director Tomoyumi Kimura spoke highly of prospects for cooperation in the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS), saying that 55 projects worth 14 billion USD in total have been carried out in the GMS framework. He affirmed that the ADB will further its close cooperation with the four countries and assist existing sub-regional cooperation mechanisms to help them in their international economic integration and maintaining sustainable development.

The seminar is part of a cooperation project between the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Germany’s Hanns Seidel Foundation to help Vietnam and regional countries in international economic integration./.