April, 29 2011
PHNOM PENH — Viet Nam and Cambodia will increase customs co-operation, focusing on border co-operation, to create favourable conditions for the two countries' trade and struggle against smuggling and trade fraud under a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed in Phnom Penh on Wednesday.
The MoU was signed by Director General of the Viet Nam General Department of Customs Nguyen Ngoc Tuc and Director General of Customs and Excise Department of the Royal Government of Cambodia Pen Siman.
Director general Pen Siman affirmed that relations between the two customs agencies have developed strongly, contributing to the economic development of both countries.
Director general Tuc proposed Cambodia increase exchanges of information relating to imports and exports of goods and the fight against smuggling and trade fraud via borders and create favourable conditions relating to exit and entry procedures for tourists between the two countries.
He suggested Cambodia organise a third border customs conference in Cambodia in the third quarter of this year and effectively enhance bilateral meetings between customs agencies of border provinces between the two countries.
The Vietnamese side proposed Cambodia create favourable conditions for Vietnamese businesses to bring provisionally-imported machines and equipment to Cambodia to implement rubber plantation projects.
The two sides shared a common concern about forecasts that indicated that the smuggling and illegal transport of goods via the Viet Nam-Cambodia border would become more complex.
The Vietnamese delegation is scheduled to attend a customs conference between ASEAN countries, Japan and the Asian Development Bank today in Phnom Penh. — VNS