Business People Urged ACMECSs’ Leaders to Ease Trade
Wednesday, 17 November 2010 05:10 DAP NEWS / VIBOL
CAMBODIA, PHNOM PENH, Nov 17, 2010-The business people from Cambodian, Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, Myanmar under framework of ACMECS (Ayeyavady , Chao Praya, and Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategies) on Wednesday urged the leaders to facilitate trade to expand the cooperation and good places for investment, and regional integration.
“The five countries will turn the region into one destination for tourists, and one visa for five countries, one single window for trade, “private sector said. The views supported from the leaders.
Third bridge over Mekong River in Laos will help to expand further trade. Private sector will join more role in ACMECS forum to involve in trade.
Cambodia hosted first forum for ACMECS in Phnom Penh. They touched on the tourism, agriculture,, rice, industry,, human resources, and trade. ..
Press Statement of the Outcomes of the 6th CLV Summit, the 5th CLMV Summit and the 4th ACMECS Summit
Wednesday, 17 November 2010 04:59 DAP-NEWS
1. From 16th to 17th October 2010 Cambodia hosted and chaired the 6th CLV Summit, the 5th CLMV Summit and the 4th ACMECS Summit. The Summits were held at the Peace Palace, Phnom Penh and chaired by Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia. The main outcomes of these Summits are the following:
I. The 6th CLV Summit
2. The Summit was held to review progress and set out future direction of the CLV cooperation.
3. The meeting took note of the progress of cooperation in the CLV Triangle Development Area, especially the achievements made in the area of trade and investment, including the organization of trade fairs; conferences on trade, investment and tourism promotion; simplification of export procedures and business registration processes; and the granting of tax incentives to boost investment in the region.
4. The meeting adopted the revised Socio-Economic Development Master Plan in the CLV Development Triangle Area (2010-2020) and given high priority to a number of sectors, such as physical infrastructure, trade and investment facilitation, social and cultural development, agro-industry and tourism…etc. with a view to accelerating socio-economic development and poverty reduction, which are crucial for realizing the vision of creating a harmonious and prosperous Development Triangle Area by the year 2020.
5. The meeting made a firm commitment to promoting this cooperation through the adoption of «the Phnom Penh Declaration on Deepening of Cooperation in the Development Triangle Area» and the amended the «MOU on the Special Preferential Policies for CLV Development Triangle Area».
6. Moreover, the meeting was resolved to accelerate the implementation of the bilateral and multilateral agreements in the Development Triangle Area, particularly the Cross Border Transport Agreement of the GMS, the ASEAN Economic Blueprint, bilateral trade agreements, the Rice Cooperation and Contract Farming Projects and the ASEAN Single Window.
II. The 5th CLMV Summit
7. The Summit was held to review progress and set out future direction of the CLMV cooperation.
8. The CLMV cooperation was established to narrow development gap and to accelerate the integration of the four countries in order to catch up with the other six ASEAN members. As a result, since the 1st CLMV Summit held in Vientiane, under the CLMV cooperation an Action Plan covering 9 areas of cooperation was adopted and include the following sectors: (1) coordination of economic integration policies, (2) trade and investment facilitation and promotion, (3) agriculture, (4) industry and energy, (5) transport, (6) information and communication technology (ICT), (7) tourism, (8) human resource development and (9) health care. In this framework, 58 concrete projects were adopted at the 4th CLMV Summit in Hanoi in 2008.
9. At this CLMV Summit, the meeting adopted the Joint Declaration of the 5th CLMV Summit to reaffirm their determination to promote cooperation in the 9 areas and to deepen the traditional relationships based on the long-lasting friendship, good neighborliness and mutual benefits among the CLMV Countries.
10. As financing remains a key challenge, the meeting was determined to seek assistance from development partners and encourage private sector’s participation in both regional and sub-regional frameworks in order to accelerate the implementation of action plans and important projects. In this regard, the meeting agreed to prioritize and select 16 projects to be submitted to development partners, particularly Japan, China, Korea and India for their support.
III. The 4th ACMECS Summit
11. The Ayeyawady-Chao Phraya-Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy (ACMECS) is a cooperation framework between Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam established to capitalize on both economic disparities and complementarities of member countries in order to narrow the development gaps in the sub-region and contribute to building the ASEAN community.
12. The objectives of this 4th ACMECS Summit are: (1) review ACMECS cooperation and future direction, and (2) review and adopt the Declaration and the Plan of Action to expedite the implementation of ACMECS cooperation framework.
13. ACMECS cooperation includes 8 sectors namely, (1) investment and trade facilitation, (2) agricultural sector, (3) industrial and energy sector, (4) transport linkages, (5) tourism sector, (6) human resource development, (7) public health, and (8) environment, which is a new sector adopted at the 3rd ACMECS Summit held in 2008 in Hanoi. Cambodia and Vietnam are the co-chairs of the Environmental Sector Working Group.
14. The meeting adopted the Phnom Penh Declaration on ACMECS and the ACMECS's Plan of Action 2010-2012 as a roadmap for the implementation of cooperation among ACMECS member countries, as well as the cooperation with development partners to ensure its successful implementation by 2012.
15. In this connection, the Heads of the Governments of ACMECS member countries also met with ACMECS business leaders. The ACMECS Business Council was created as a common project under trade and investment facilitation cooperation. ACMECS Leaders encouraged active participation of the ACMECS Business Council in the implementation of ACMECS's Plan of Action, particularly under the initiative of Governments-Private Sector Partnership, in order to ensure maximum and effective use of all the potentials of the existing business and investment opportunities in member countries.
16. The 6th CLV Summit, the 5th CLMV Summit and the 4th ACMECS Summit were held as ASEAN is also accelerating the process of building the ASEAN community by 2015. From the beginning, the establishment of these cooperation frameworks at sub-regional level is designed to achieve the main goal - promoting development and physical connectivity in the newer, less-developed ASEAN members. This will make concrete contribution to the efforts in narrowing development gaps and accelerating community building in the region. First and foremost, the objective is to build the ASEAN Community, and afterward to build the East Asia Community in the longer run.
17. In this sense, we take great pride from the fact that as through our joint efforts, the CLV, CLMV and ACMECS cooperation frameworks were incorporated into the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity recently adopted at the 17th ASEAN Summit in Hanoi. The Master Plan is pre-requisite and necessary for building and realizing the ASEAN Community by 2015. As financing remains a fundamental challenge for countries like Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Viet Nam, the preparation of projects of CLV, CLMV and ACMECS cooperation frameworks to be incorporated into the Master Plan of ASEAN Connectivity is part of our innovative and creative mechanism to engage ASEAN dialogue partners and other development partners to provide support for projects of their best interest.
18. The Heads of the Governments of all countries participating in these summits highly appreciated the capable and efficient chairmanship of Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia and expressed their profound gratitude to the Royal Government and People of Cambodia for the warm welcome and hospitality extended to all delegates participating in these important Summits.
Phnom Penh, 17th October 2010
14 Cambodians Including a Baby Killed by Anti –Tank Mine
Wednesday, 17 November 2010 04:52 DAP NEWS / VIBOL
CAMBODIA, BATTAMBANG, Nov 17, 2010-The Cambodian police said on Wednesday that there were 14 Cambodian farmers killed by the anti-tank mine in Battambang province, northern part of Cambodia, about 300 km from Phnom Penh.
The 14 people loaded on the a tractor on the way home from farming killed by the exploded mines in village of Kompong kol , Cheng Mean Chey, Banan, district of Battambang province.
The mine exploded yesterday and nobody survived from it, the official to CMAC, Mine action center said.
Batambang province is last battlefield in the country and last year there were 245 people died of mine casualties in the country. Mine is still the obstacle to develop country and reduce poverty.
Cambodia Sends 197 de-miners to Lebanon Under UN Peacekeeping Mission
Wednesday, 17 November 2010 04:49 DAP NEWS / VIBOL
CAMBODIA, PHNOM PENH, Nov 17, 2010-Cambodia on Wednesday sent 197 de-miners to Sudan under UN peacekeeping mission, and 21 people already went there last week.
Douglas Broderick, UN resident coordinator to Cambodia told the sending ceremony that your mission represents an expansion of the Cambodian contribution to the UN “global peacekeeping efforts”.
He added: This is the first time Cambodian peacekeepers have been deployed to Lebanon and the mission includes 218 personnel.
“The tasked with responsibility of demining, as well as in building veritical and horizontal constructions, the challenges in Lebanon for you as individuals may be great, that together as a team you represent an important step forward in Cambodia’s transition from an recipient country of peacekeepers to one that deploys highly skilled experts to assist in other countries where the need is great,” He said.
Tea Banh, minister of national defense said that Cambodia is committed to joining the global peacekeeping efforts to stabilize the peace and seek social security for countries in post conflicts.