ASEAN sub-regional summit kicked off in Vientiane


BANGKOK, March 12 – Thailand has offered to assist neighbouring countries along mainland Southeast Asia’s Ayeyawady-Chao Phraya-Mekong rivers to integrate the sub-region for joint trade, industrial, agricultural, energy and tourism development.

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra left Bangkok for the Lao PDR capital today to attend the 5th Summit of Ayeyawady-Chao Phraya-Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy (ACMECS) during which the Vientiane Declaration and the ACMECS Operations Plan (2013-2015) will be adopted by leaders of Thailand, Lao PDR, Cambodia, Vietnam and Myanmar.

The operations plan focuses on cooperation for sustainable economic growth in the Indochina region by integrating ACMECS into a single manufacturing base with an ambitious objective of becoming a global agricultural and industrial supply chain.

The five member countries will discuss measures to speed up the ACMECS single visa project to facilitate cross-border trade and investment and the movement of labour forces.