Vietnam and Cambodia sign a cooperation agreement
covering specific collaboration programmes in 28 areas (Photo: VNA)
The meeting was held in Phnom Penh on August 21
under the co-chair of Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister
Pham Binh Minh and his Cambodian counterpart Prak Sokhonn.
Both Minh and Prak Sokhonn agreed that the
Vietnam-Cambodia relations have seen progress with encouraging results since
the previous meeting of the committee in May last year.
Along with maintaining regular high-level meetings
and visits as well as bilateral cooperation mechanism, the two sides have
co-organised many activities to celebrate the 40th anniversary of victory
over the genocidal regime (January 7, 1979-2019), they noted.
On the occasion, Deputy PM Prak Sokhom thanked the
people and volunteer soldiers of Vietnam for saving Cambodians from the
genocidal regime as well as supporting the country during the present
national construction and development.
The two sides agreed to create more favourable
conditions for bilateral economic, trade cooperation, while continuing to
reinforce bilateral partnership in security-defence, transport
infrastructure, mining-industry-energy, agro-forestry-fisheries, information
and communications, health care, labour and social affairs, culture, sports,
tourism, and environment.
The Cambodian side thanked Vietnam for its
willingness to support Cambodia in personnel training in technology,
science, and for increasing power sale to Cambodia by 50MW to help Cambodia
ease power shortage in dry season.
The two sides concurred to speed up procedures to
complete and hand over to Cambodia the model border market at Da commune in
Memot district, Tbong Khmum province and the high school in Ou Reang
district, Mondulkiri province in 2019. They also pledged to accelerate the
signing of an aid agreement for the construction of office buildings for the
Secretariat and committees of the Cambodian National Assembly, along with
some items of a community-based rehabilitation centre for drug addicts in
Preah Sihanouk province.
Vietnam and Cambodia agreed to undertake a number of
measures to promote economic, trade and investment partnership, and
facilitate border trade through upgrading border infrastructure and enhance
connection of roads, waterway roads and tourism.
They will expand cooperation to new areas in the
context of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, especially support to small-
and medium-sized and micro enterprises, cyber security and safety, and
Cambodia spoke highly of the fact that Vietnam is
one of the country’s biggest investors with 214 projects worth over 3
Both countries agreed to coordinate closely to
create optimal conditions for their businesses to cooperate and seek
The two sides appreciated the efforts of relevant
agencies to soon finalise and sign two documents on the workload already
completed in border marker planting (84 percent).
They shared concern about the lowest water level on
the Mekong River recently, stressing the significance of close coordination
among countries in the Mekong Delta subregion in maintaining effective and
sustainable use of Mekong River water, especially in information and data
sharing as well as consultation before building hydropower plants in the
Both sides agreed to work with Laos to foster
tripartite affiliation in the Development Triangle, while effectively
implementing the master plan on connecting the three economies and striving
to attract more financial resources from development partners and
international financial organisations.
They pledged close coordination in 2020 when Vietnam
serves as both the Chair of ASEAN and a non-permanent member of the UN
Security Council in the 2020-2021 tenure and Cambodia hosts the 13th Summit
of the Asia-Europe Meeting.-VNA