Foreign Ministry Holds Border Development Meeting

image007An inter-ministerial meeting of Cambodian-Thai Border Development Joint Commission was held here Monday by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Cambodia to prepare for the Ministerial Meeting of Cambodia and Thailand to take place coming June 10-11.

The meeting was presided over by Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister H.E. Hor Namhong. It was attended by the governors of provinces along the Cambodian-Thai borderline, and the ministers of the concerned ministries, including the ministries of health; industry, mines and energy; commerce; tourism; and public works, etc.

Opening the meeting, Deputy Prime Minister H.E. Hor Namhong highlighted the initiatives made by Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen and his Thai counterpart, Yingluck Shinawatra, to promote the borderline economic development.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, H.E. Long Visalo, Secretary of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, said the meeting was held to review and focused on the development along the borderline between Cambodia and Thailand, and the two countries had agreed to set up a joint-working group led by the Foreign Ministers of the two sides.

The bilateral meeting on the borderline development was scheduled on June 10-11, 2013, he said.

According to H.E. Long Visalo, the meeting agreed on an 8-point proposal, including: the provision of long and short-term border-crossing permits for Cambodian workers; mine clearance along the borderline; inter-border trading, especially farm products; the issues of border-crossing for illegal logging; the issues relating to contracts on agriculture production investments for which the Thai side provides funds for production in Cambodia and the products are for sale in Thailand; the construction of a cross-border bridge at O Chrov and the improvement of National Road 48 from Koh Kong to Sre Ambel; the construction of hydropower plant at Stung Meteuk and purchasing of additional electricity from Thailand for Anlong Veng and Banteay Ampil; and the prevention of contagious and epidemic diseases.

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