VIENTIANE, Aug. 3 (Xinhua) -- Representatives of the national assemblies of Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam (CLV) were discussing parliamentary cooperation for the triangle development area in the Lao capital of Vientiane.
The sixth meeting of the Foreign Affairs Committees of the National Assemblies of the three countries is being held from Tuesday to Friday.
In his opening remarks at the meeting on Wednesday, Lao National Assembly Vice President Lieutenant General Sengnouan Xayalath highlighted satisfactory achievements in joint development, such as creation of infrastructure for connectivity, cooperation among local authorities for environment protection, management of the use of natural resources, prevention of human trafficking and combating crimes in the triangle area, Lao local daily Vientiane Times reported Thursday.
He pointed to the success in negotiations for an agreement on promoting and facilitating trade and the approval of 15 projects for infrastructure development in the area as an outstanding achievement to facilitate trade, investment, tourism and visits between the three countries.
In his remarks, Chairman of the Cambodian National Assembly's Commission on Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation, Information and Media Chheang Vun said the Cambodian National Assembly praised the three governments for paying attention to the development of the triangle area by using all the potential to maintain peace, stability and development in the lower Mekong basin.
Chairman of the Lao National Assembly's Committee on Foreign Affairs Eksavang Vongvichit mentioned some shortcomings in cooperation such as the coordination between related sectors at the central and local levels, and identified funding sources for implementing development projects agreed on by the three sides.
"We, the Committees of Foreign Affairs, have to make more efforts in overseeing the implementation of the agreements, treaties and development plans agreed to by the government's of the three countries," he said.
Chairman of the Vietnamese National Assembly's Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Nguyen Van Giau highlighted the tourism potential, especially for community-based eco-tourism and cultural tourism, which he said should be promoted.