(CPV) – Vice Foreign Ministers of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, the Kingdom of Thailand and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, gathered in Dong Ha City, Quang Tri province on May 18th 2012 to discuss the progress and challenges in the implementation of the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Cross-Border Transport Agreement (CBTA) along the East-West Economic Corridor. The meeting was also attended by representatives of the provincial authority of Da Nang, Thua Thien Hue, and Quang Tri of Vietnam; Savannakhet of Lao PDR; and Mukdahan of Thailand. Representatives of ADB, Embassy of Japan in Hanoi, JBIC, KICA also participated this meeting. Delegates emphasized the vital role of economic corridors to subregional development in the new GMS Strategic Framework 2012 – 2022, at the 4th GMS Summit in Nay Pi Taw, December 2011; and on the need to broaden and deepen existing transport corridors through various measures, including accelerated and vigorous implementation of transport and trade facilitation, and promotion of logistic and investment along the corridors, aiming for free flow of goods and passengers between the three countries in the future. The East – West Economic Corridor (EWEC) has achieved many of the targeted infrastructural benchmarks. The Strategy and Action Plan…
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