Friday, June 26, 2009

Co-operation with Cambodia to grow

HCM CITY — Relationships between Vietnamese and Cambodian border provinces have been consolidated for the prosperity and development of both countries, said Deputy Prime Minister Pham Gia Khiem in HCM City yesterday.

Addressing the 5th meeting on co-operation and development between border provinces of the two countries, Khiem said that the solidarity and friendship between Viet Nam and Cambodia was the driver for the fine development of border provinces. “Co-operation between these provinces has progressed significantly in various fields including economics, trade, investment and national defence," said Khiem.

He called on Vietnamese and Cambodian authorities from border provinces, ministries and sectors to review their co-operation and analyze advantages and disadvantages, as well as opportunities and challenges, in order to come up with measures to make their co-operation sustainable and efficient. “That’s the way to improve people’s living conditions, maintain border security and the common security of the two nations," said Khiem.

Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister Sar Kheng spoke highly of the traditional friendship and comprehensive linkages between the two neighbors.

He took the occasion to express his sincere thanks to Viet Nam for helping Cambodia overthrow the Khmer Rouge regime in the past.

"At present Viet Nam has enabled and encouraged Vietnamese investors to go to Cambodia to invest in trade, tourism and other areas" said Sar Kheng.

"Investment, trade, infrastructure development are now top priorities of both nations," he said.

In 2008, trade with Cambodia was recorded to be over $1 billion in value, an increase of 40 per cent compared to the previous year and accounting for about 70 per cent of the import, export turnover between the two countries

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