October 26, 2016

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President attends Mekong summits in Hanoi

President U Htin Kyaw delivers a speech at the opening ceremony of the 8th Cambodia-Laos-Myanmar-Viet Nam Summit (CLMV-8) and the 7th Ayeyawady-Chao Phraya-Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy Summit (ACMECS-7), in Hanoi, Viet Nam on  26 October 2016. Photo: Reuters
President U Htin Kyaw delivers a speech at the opening ceremony of the 8th Cambodia-Laos-Myanmar-Viet Nam Summit (CLMV-8) and the 7th Ayeyawady-Chao Phraya-Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy Summit (ACMECS-7), in Hanoi, Viet Nam on 26 October 2016. Photo: Reuters

The seventh Ayeyawady-Chao Phraya-Mekong Economic Cooperation Summit (ACMECS 7) and the eighth Cambodia-Laos-Myanmar-Viet Nam Summit (CLMV 8) were opened in Hanoi yesterday.
President U Htin Kyaw attended the opening ceremony of the 7th Ayeyawady-Chao Phraya-Mekong Economic Co-operation Strategy Summit and the 8th Cambodia-Laos-Myanmar-Viet Nam Summit in Hanoi yesterday.
In his speech at the opening ceremony, President U Htin Kyaw stressed the need to work collectively for meeting the economic development targets of Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Viet Nam and Laos, urging the countries to find new ways to overcome the challenges ahead. Current cooperation among the countries should be transformed into clear and effective ways in order to be more effective, he suggested. He also called for effective management of development projects in the region.
At the opening ceremony, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Cambodian Prime Minister Mr Hun Sen and Prime Minister of Democratic People’s Republic of Laos Mr Thongloun Sisoulith also gave welcoming speeches.
The meeting came to a close with addresses made by Mr Le Luong Minh, general secretary of ASEAN, Deputy Secretary-General of UN Ms Shamshad Akhtan, a resident representative of ACMECS’s Economic Council and a representative of ADB.
Prior to the opening ceremony of ACMECS, President U Htin Kyaw, prime ministers of Viet Nam, Cambodia and Laos, deputy prime minister of Thailand and secretary-general of ASEAN posed for official photos.
The prime minister and dignitaries clarified matters relating to acquiring increased development in the Mekong Region, speeding up regional co-operation for the progress of ACMECS economic co-operation, situations on cooperation among ACMECS member- countries, releasing a communiqué of ACMECS-7 and a place and date for ACMECS-8.
ACMECS-7 ended with the closing address of Mr Nguyen Xuan Phuc, prime minister of Viet Nam.
After the ceremony of ACMECS-7, CLMV was held. Prime Ministers and heads of state including U Htin Kyaw discussed matters on creating images for CLMV’s future and opportunities and challenges for the CLMV’s economic development, agenda for cooperation for economic competitions and regional unity, choosing the date and the place to hold CLMV-9 and releasing a communiqué on CLMV-8.
After the meetings, President U Htin Kyaw and wife laid a wreath on the Mausoleum of Viet Nam’s Soldiers.—Myanmar News Agency

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