Vietnamese, Lao and Cambodian PMs discuss realizing tripod of stability, cooperation and development
07:25 | 05/12/2006
VNGOVNet - On December 4, PM Nguyễn Tấn Dũng, Lao PM Bouasone Bouphavanh, and Cambodian PM Samdech Hunsen arrived at Đà Lạt City to attend the 4th Meeting of Vietnamese, Lao and Cambodian Prime Ministers for discussion on building the Development Triangle.

Đà Lạt City 

The Development Triangle of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia is an initiative posed by three PMs at the their first summit held in Vientiane in 1999. The triangle is located at the border T-junction of the three countries, covering eight provinces: Ratanakiri and Stung Treng (Cambodia), Attapeu and Sekong (Laos), Kon Tum, Gia Lai, Đắk Lắk and Đk Nông (Vietnam). The Đà Lt Meeting was attended by not only the leaders of these provinces but also those from Mundulkiri (Cambodia);  Salavan (Laos); and Lâm Đồng (Vietnam).

 

During the 10th ASEAN Meeting held in Vientiane in November 2004,  the PMs of the three countries approved the Overall Planning Scheme for the Development Triangle and signed the Vientiane Declaration on establishing the Development Triangle of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, reaffirming their determination to realize the Triangle initiative, considering it an important area of cooperation to facilitate the socio-economic cooperative relations between the three countries.

The Development Triangle has been greatly supported by Japan which has initially granted JP¥2 billion to some small welfare projects in the region. Recently, the three countries have introduced 12 priority projects on communication, education and health care within the Triangle with the total investment capital of US$300 million for the Japanese Government to consider and finance.

The 4th Meeting aims to draw up a concrete roadmap to put in place the Vientiane Declaration and the Overall Planning Scheme for the Development Triangle, a collaboration regime between the three countries, and a collaborative program to raise external funds, including those from Japan, for the Triangle.

By Nguyên Hồ

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