Thailand has pledged to push for closer cooperation and regional development within its neighbours ahead of the emergence of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) in 2015.

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on March 13 attended the 5th Ayeyawady-Chao Phraya-Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy (ACMECS) meeting held in Vientiane , Laos .

Yingluck joined leaders from other ACMECS countries to discuss various issues related to joint collaboration and ACMECS 2013-2015 action plan.

In her closing speech, she stated that ACMECS nations are now enjoying attention from the international community due to the economic potential this sub-region has to offer.

The Premier also reiterated Thailand’s 15-billion-baht financial support to promote trade, investment and tourism in the region.-VNA