Vietnam, Thailand Vow to Strengthen Cooperation in Different Spheres
|At the talks between Vietnamese President Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha. Photo: VNA
Speaking at an international press conference after their talks, PM Prayuth spotlighted the significance of President Phuc’s official visit to Thailand, saying that it ushers in a new era in the bilateral relations.
Thailand and Vietnam are countries playing important economic and trade roles in the region, both in terms of scale and development potential, with a trade and investment linking system, he said, as cited by VietnamPlus.
He said at the talks, the two sides agreed to strengthen close economic cooperation to promote socio-economic recovery in the two countries and the region, especially in trade, investment, transportation and digital economy development, the PM said.
The two sides also agreed to coordinate in implementing a more convenient and faster form of electronic payment for goods and services between the two countries, removing trade barriers; and promoting the import and export of goods to third countries, especially farm produce, spare parts, equipment and medicines.
Vietnam and Thailand will strengthen cooperation in security - defence, particularly cyber and transnational security; and coordinate more closely within regional and international forums for peace, stability and prosperity in the region and the world.
President Nguyen Xuan Phuc appreciated contributions of the Thai side, as well as PM Prayuth Chan-o-cha, to the fruitful development of the bilateral relations.
|The two leaders witness the signing of cooperation documents. Photo: VNA
During the talks, he said, the two sides agreed to enhance political understanding and trust through the exchange of high-level and all-level visits; organise a joint cabinet meeting co-chaired by the two countries' PMs and other bilateral cooperation mechanisms at a convenient time. They will also coordinate to effectively carry out the Action Programme implementing the Vietnam-Thailand enhanced strategic partnership for the 2022-2027 period as well as signed agreements in various fields.
Vietnam and Thailand agreed to lift two-way trade to $25 - 30 billion by 2025 in a more balanced and sustainable direction; make it easier for the exchange of goods and services and create favourable conditions for businesses of the two countries to expand investment and business cooperation, even in such new fields as digital economy, green growth and sustainable development, the President said.
Important cooperation areas such as infrastructure connectivity, agriculture, development assistance, labour, culture, tourism, business, people-to-people exhange and coooperarton between localities, will be the focus of the enhanced strategic partnership between the two nations, he added.
The two sides reached a consensus to creating favourable conditions for their expatriates to live, study and do business stably in each other's territories on the basis of compliance with local law.
Vietnam strongly supports Thailand to assume the APEC Chair in 2022, Phuc said, adding that the two sides agreed to work together to promote a united and resilient ASEAN and uphold ASEAN's central role; and maintain the bloc’s common stance on the South China Sea (Bien Dong Sea), thus maintaining peace, stability, safety, security, freedom of navigation and aviation in the sea on the basis of respecting international law, including the 1f982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).
The two sides also highlighted the importance of cooperation in the Mekong Sub-region in promoting balanced and sustainable growth in the region.
President Phuc, his spouse, and a high-ranking delegation of Vietnam arrived at Don Mueang International Airport in Bangkok the same day, starting the official visit to Thailand and attendance in the 29th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders’ Meeting, Nhan dan (People) newspaper reported.
|President Nguyen Xuan Phuc (second from left ) his spouse (first, left) and Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha (second from right) and his spouse. (Photo: VNA)
During the trip from November 16 to 19, President Phuc and his spouse are scheduled to meet the King and Queen of Thailand, hold talks with the Thai PM and witness the signing of some cooperation documents, have meetings with other leaders of Thailand, and receive representatives of some friendship organisations and large enterprises.
On this occasion, he will also take part in a Vietnam - Thailand business forum and several trade and investment promotion activities between the two countries.
As part of the 29th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting, President Phuc will attend the CEO Summit, important sessions of the event, and bilateral meetings with APEC leaders and guests.
The Vietnamese delegation will also engage in all major activities of the APEC Economic Leaders’ Week and meet with important partners and big businesses in the region./.
Vietnam and Thailand will work closely together to beef up their enhanced strategic partnership in all channels and areas of cooperation.
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