President Truong Tan Sang suggested that the planning ministries of Vietnam and Cambodia effectively implement the agreements reached during their talks. He made the comments at a meeting with Cambodian Minister of Planning Chhay Than in Hanoi on March 7.

During the meeting, Sang applauded Cambodia ’s achievements gained amid the gloomy global economic situation, and thanked the country for creating favourable conditions for Vietnamese investors in Cambodia .

He highly valued the effective cooperation of ministries and sectors from both countries in the demarcation, and marker planting on shared land border.

Sang took the occasion to extend his regards to Cambodian King Sihamoni.

Chhay Than thanked the Vietnamese Party, State and people for their warm sentiments, especially during the funeral of late King Norodom Sihanouk.

He said the results of the talks between the two planning ministers will contribute to the implementation of high-level agreements between the two countries.

Vietnam has contributed to Cambodia ’s achievements over the past years, he said, expressing his belief that with joint effort, two-way trade between the neighbouring countries will reach 5 billion USD by 2015.

Earlier on the same day, Chhay Than and his delegation made a fact-finding tour to the northern province of Nam Dinh to learn from the locality’s experience in building a new model of rural areas.

They were introduced to the advantages as well as the difficulties the province faced during the process of implementing the model.

Nam Dinh has 96 communes involved in the programme to build new rural areas. By the end of 2012, the province had constructed and upgraded over 1,100 km of roads and dredged more than 43,500 waterways.

Chhay Than valued the experience that Nam Dinh shared, especially the development of rural infrastructure.-VNA