- We, the Heads of State/Government of the Kingdom of Cambodia, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR), the Republic of the Union of Myanmar and the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam (hereinafter referred to as CLMV) gathered for the 7th CLMV Summit on 22 June 2015 in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar. The Secretary-General of ASEAN was also present at the Summit.
- We recalled our initiatives and decisions adopted at the CLMV Summit in Vientiane, Lao PDR in 2013 and the preceding summits and reaffirmed our commitment to enhancing the traditional relations of friendship, good neighborliness and mutual benefits among CLMV countries and to further strengthening CLMV cooperation for peace, stability and prosperity in Southeast Asia.
- We reviewed the progress of the implementation of the projects agreed upon at the 6th CLMV Summit in Vientiane, the Lao PDR on 12 March 2013 aimed at narrowing the development gap among ASEAN Member States as we move toward the establishment of ASEAN Community by the end of 2015. We also exchanged views on the future direction of CLMV cooperation in light of the Vientiane Declaration on Enhancing the Economic Cooperation and Integration among CLMV countries adopted in 2004 and its Plan of Action.
- We noted the progress and challenges in implementing the sectorial CLMV Action Plan by CLMV countries and tasked their relevant senior officials to review the implementation progress and submit recommendations for necessary adjustment in the work program.
- In this regard, we commended our CLMV Economic Ministers for the progress in realising their annual Action Plans and welcomed the outcome of the Sixth CLMV Economic Ministers’ Meeting held on 28 August 2014 in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar. We Considered the report of CLMV EMM and endorsed recommendation for more effective implementation of the endorsed CLMV Action Plan in 2015 and the years to come.
- In trade and investment cooperation, we reiterated our coratnitment to implementing all existing agreements between and among CLMV countries in order to promote trade and investment, including trade and investment mission in CLMV countries and abroad. We encouraged the maximum use of the Lao-Myanmar friendship bridge which was officially opened in early 2015.
- We commended the full implementation of the Single Stop Inspection at the international border checkpoints Dansavan (Lao PDR) — Lao Bao(Viet Nam) since January 2015. We agreed that such Single Stop Inspection should be expanded and implemented at other feasible international border checkpoints between CLMV countries so that they become a network of Single Stop Inspection Checkpoints to facilitate trade, investment, tourism and transportation.
- We reaffirmed our commitment to working closely with each other to enhance our cooperation in accelerating ASEAN’s Integration efforts, including the effective and timely implementation of the Roadmap for an ASEAN Community and the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity.
- In transport cooperation, we agreed to:
9.1. Deepen coordination to make the best use of economic corridors across the CLMV countries, particularly the North-South Economic Corridor (NSEC), East-West Economic Corridor (EWEC), the Southern Economic Corridor (SEC) under the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) cooperation.
9.2. Facilitate cross border movement of goods and passengers among Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Viet Nam through the implementation of the GMS CBTA agreement, ASEAN Single Window, ASEAN Customs Transit system and other bilateral and multilateral arrangements participated by CLMV countries.
9.3 Facilitate air transport through the implementation of bilateral and multilateral agreements on air services, including inter alia the CLMV Multilateral Agreement on Air Services.
- In agricultural, industry energy and telecommunication/ information communication and technology cooperation, we agreed to mutually facilitate investment through relevant investment incentives in important areas, including SMEs development, production, research and processing of agricultural products, climate smart agriculture, mineral exploitation, renewable energy, sustainable hydropower development, oil and gas exploration, telecommunication/ information communication technology infrastructure development and service provision; and enhance cooperation to exchange information and technologies, and to develop joint research in the fields of agriculture, fishery, forestry, livestock, industry and energy. We also agreed to promote the development of power transmissions lines and network across the CLMV countries; and further promote cooperation on industrial policy development among CLMV countries through organizing workshops and training courses on a regular basis.
- In tourism cooperation, we noted with satisfaction the 11.4 percent growth and over 19.6 million of tourist arrival to CLMV countries in 2014. We appreciated the outcomes of the Second Meeting of CLMV Tourism Ministers which was convened on the 6 December 2013 in Kampot Province, Cambodia in which they recognized the importance of linkage for ensuring sustainable and responsible tourism among CLMV Countries and further increase the attractiveness of CLMV Sub-region as one of the world’s top tourism destinations. In addition, the Ministers also agreed to invite interested international organizations and financial institutions and other development partner countries for supporting the sustainable, responsible tourism development and in particular the capacity building in tourism industries of CLMV Countries and encourage the private sector to more actively involve in tourism development process.” We welcome the plan of Myanmar to host the Third Meeting of CLMV Tourism Ministers which will be conducted on 28 July 2015 in Myanmar.
- In human resource development, we appraised the exchange of scholarships, visits and experiences in education and training amongst all CLMV countries. Cambodia, Lao PDR and Myanmar expressed their sincere thanks to the Government of Viet Nam for providing scholarships and other training courses to CLM countries. The Meeting requested Viet Nam to continue providing such CLMV scholarship schemes. We agreed to work with various development partners in conducting vocational training and skills development programs.
- We expressed our thanks to the Government of Japan and other development partners for their support to CLMV countries under various Mekong cooperation frameworks. We also commended the ASEAN Secretariat for its continued support to mobilise resources to implement the CLMV priority projects. At the same time, we called upon ASEAN and other development partners to funding support and assist in realising CLMV development projects in order to narrow the development gap in the region. The CLMV countries will submit the details of their projects (4 projects from each country) to the CLMV Chair for sending to development partners for funding support. Moreover, the meeting requested the CLMV countries to cooperate with Japan to speed up the implementation of the projects under Japan ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) in order to seek funding support for new projects in future.
- Having considered the important role of the private sector in development activities, we also agreed to encourage participation of the private sector in the implementation of CLMV projects.
- We tasked the Working Group of each sector of cooperation to convene regular meetings in order to discuss the implementation of projects under its respective purview. We also agreed that the SOM Meeting should be held regularly in the country, which chairs the CLMV Summit.
- We tasked our Ministers and SOM leaders to ensure the success of the implementation of this Joint Statement and report progress to their respective Head of State/Governments.
- We welcomed the offer of Viet Nam to organize the 8th CLMV Summit. The specific Date and Venue will be coordinated through diplomatic channel.
- The Head of State/Government of the Kingdom of Cambodia, the Lao PDR and the. Socialist Republic of Viet Nam expressed their sincere thanks and appreciation to the Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar for the excellent arrangements for the 7th CLMV Summit and warm hospitality during the Summit in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar.
Done in Nay Pyi Taw, the Republic of the Union of Myanmar on 22 June 2015.