Cambodian NA President: CLV Parliamentary Summit, a Historical Event to Boost the Three Countries’ Strategic Partnership

The Cambodia-Laos-Vietnam (CLV) Parliamentary Summit is a historic event with a vision to enhance parliamentary mechanisms, strengthen cooperation and deepen the three nations’ strategic partnership, reflected by the common values of maintaining peace, promoting prosperity and sustainable and resilient development.

The remarks were made by Samdech Moha Rathsapheathika Thipadei Khuon Sudary, President of the National Assembly (NA) of Cambodia, in her speech at the First Plenary Session of the First CLV Parliamentary Summit, held in Vientiane, Laos on Dec. 5 under the theme “Strengthening the Role of Parliaments in Promoting Comprehensive Cooperation among Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam.”

The strengthening of parliamentary mechanisms to participate in the development CLV Development Area (CLV-DTA) is a testament to the strategic goals based on mutual respect and trust to promote political, cultural, economic and security cooperation, which has so far brought about many benefits to the people of the three countries, she said.

Samdech Khuon Sudary suggested the review and update of the master plan for socio-economic development in the CLV to reflect the realities of the new economy after the recovery from the COVID-19 crisis and the global context.

Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam need to take advantage of the CLV joint potential to boost common prosperity, she underlined, encouraging the stakeholders to discuss key priority issues such as cross-border trade facilitation, investment flow enhancement, cooperation promotion in the fields of energy, water security, food security, public health, education and vocational training, disaster response and climate change, and hard and soft infrastructure connectivity strengthening.

At the same time, the Cambodian NA president proposed to promote digital commerce, increase the capacity and resilience of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), science, technology and innovation (STI). These connections are an important element of the action plan for CLV economic connectivity towards 2030.

The creation of CLV-DTA was initiated by former Cambodian Prime Minister, Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen at the first senior meeting of the CLV Prime Ministers in Vientiane in 1999.

The CLV-DTA was established by the then three Prime Ministers on Nov. 28, 2004 in Vientiane. CLV-DTA is located in the Cambodia-Laos-Vietnam border area, geographically covers the territory of 13 provinces, bordering with or are related to the common border area of the three countries, namely Mondulkiri, Rattanakiri, Stung Treng and Kratie (Cambodia); Attapeu, Saravan, Se Kong and Champasak (Laos); and Dak Lak, Dak Nong, Gia Lai, Kon Tum and Binh Phuoc (Vietnam).