Vietnam, Thailand agree on improving road transportation


BANGKOK, Dec 20 — Vietnam and Thailand on Saturday agreed to improve road transportation, aimed at facilitating travels of residents of the two countries and tourists, and also reached an agreement on fishing cooperation.

The agreements were made by Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-ocha and his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Tan Dung during discussion on the sidelines of the 5th Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Summit, being held at a Bangkok hotel.

Gen Prayut said both countries would  improve roads, customs checkpoints and regulations, in an attempt to boost tourism between the two countries and that he welcomed that the Hanoi government has given the green light for buses to operate between the two countries.

On fishing cooperation, designed for preventing illegal fishing, Gen Prayut said concerned authorities of the two nations would offer legal knowledge to fishermen and operators so that they could avoid violating territorial waters of each other country.

He said concerned Thai government agencies would be ordered to register illegal Vietnamese workers in Thailand so that they could become legalised and continue working in the kingdom.

Meanwhile, Mr Dung said foreign ministries of the two countries would hold a third unofficial meeting at an appropriate time while Vietnamese transport deputy minister would be assigned to confer with Thailand on how to encourage people to travel by road and using buses in visiting one another’s country.

The 5th GMS Summit ends late on Saturday.