A plenary session of the 10th
meeting on cooperation and development between border provinces of Vietnam and
Cambodia opened in Ho Chi Minh City on January 10.
The function was co-chaired by
Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Vietnam Pham Binh Minh and Deputy
Prime Minister and Minister of Interior of Cambodia Sar Kheng.
In his opening speech, Minh said
the cooperation mechanism has become regular, creating a forum for the sides to
discuss new opportunities and measures to safeguard security.
This time, it takes place amid
growing Vietnam - Cambodia ties toward effectiveness in line with the motto of
“good neighbourliness, traditional friendship, comprehensive cooperation and
long-term sustainability”, he added.
Bilateral political relations
have continuously been fortified while the two-way trade exceeded 4.6 billion
USD last year and is expected to meet and surpass the 5-billion-USD target
The Deputy PM stressed that
collaboration between Vietnamese and Cambodian provinces, which share 1,137 km
of borderline, always receives special attention from leaders of the two
Upbeat outcomes have been
recorded in cooperation between Vietnamese and Cambodian public agencies,
sectors and border provinces since the 9th meeting in Phnom Penh last year,
He highlighted the regular
delegation exchanges between the border localities as well as their joint work
in economic development, infrastructure building, health, education, and social
Competent authorities have
coordinated the border management, the official noted, adding that the sides
have completed 84 percent of their demarcation and border marker planting
workload on land.
These works have contributed to
consolidating a peaceful and stable environment for the nations to grow and
stand side-by-side amid regional and international integration, he affirmed.
For his part, Sar Kheng praised
efforts by authorities and relevant agencies in the border provinces in jointly
carrying out a cooperation plan set out by the 9th meeting.
He noted that the sides have held
regular meetings, exchanged delegations, and worked together in ensuring border
security and order, as well as promoting goods exchanges, entry-exit activities
and bilateral engagements in education, power supply, transport, demarcation
and border marker planting.
The 10th meeting focused on
reviewing joint work between the sides and set out orientations for future
collaboration in contribution to building a border of peace, friendship,
cooperation, and sustainable development.
For the coming time, authorities
of the two countries and their border provinces said they will continue their
sound cooperation, particularly in agriculture, energy, tourism, cultural
exchange, demarcation and border marker planting.