Vietnam stands ready to work with other Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) member nations, development partners, the private sector and all sides concerned to achieve regional vision and goals, Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen The Phuong has stressed.

He made the emphasis at the 19th GMS Ministerial Meeting in Vientiane, Laos, on December 11 where a joint declaration was issued, under which ministers vowed to step up ties with their partners and realise common goals on sustainable and comprehensive development in the region.

They also adopted the Regional Investment Framework (RIF) to better deploy over 200 projects across 10 sectors, with the involvement of at least two member countries in each project to boost regional connectivity.

Phuong said the adoption of RIF is a key milestone in GMS cooperation framework during the 2012-2022 period.

Other areas of cooperation also came up during the discussions.

The GMS comprises Vietnam, Laos, China, Cambodia, Myanmar and Thailand.-VNA