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|The seventh Ayeyawady Chao Phraya Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy (ACMECS) Summit was organized in Ha Noi on October 26, 2016|
The event is held in the context the Greater Mekong Sub-region has made crucial progress, contributing to consolidating the peaceful and sustainable environment and promoting integration and development in the Mekong River.
The Vietnamese PM’s participation in the event manifests Viet Nam attaching importance to the ACMECS cooperation, improving the status and role of Viet Nam within ACMECS cooperation, enhancing cooperation in such areas as regional connections, water resource cooperation, trade and investment and enhancement of connections between nations in the region.
ACMECS, set up in November 2003 in Bagan, Myanmar, includes five nations of Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam. Its inclusive tasks are to ensure peace, sustainability and prosperity. ACMECS is aimed at improving competitiveness and promoting border economic growth between nations, developing agriculture and industry in a most effective way, expanding employment opportunities and narrowing income gap between countries.
The 7th ACMECS 7, held in Ha Noi on October 26, 2016, adopted the Ha Noi Declaration figuring out measures to spur transport, industrial, tourism cooperation and facilitate trade and investment and seeking to turn the Mekong region into an economic centre with dynamism and sustainable development.
Viet Nam officially participated in the ACMECS in 2004 during the first ACMECS ministers’ meeting, which was held in Thailand in November.
As an active and responsible member, Viet Nam has actively proposed and launched a number of new initiatives, making contributions to establishing crucial documents, forming and promoting initiatives and supporting country members in fields of human resource development and infrastructure development.
Within ACMECS cooperation, the nation has played as a coordinator in realizing some practical activities to boost comprehensive cooperation between the five countries.
Viet Nam has actively accelerated cooperative activities on environment and water resource management and become the first nation proposing the initiative on the Establishment of the Working Group on Environment Cooperation within ACMECS framework.