Vice President U Henry Van Thio attends GMS-6 in Hanoi, Viet Nam

U Henry Van Thio holds talks with Viet Nam Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc in Hanoi. Photo: MNA
U Henry Van Thio holds talks with Viet Nam Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc in Hanoi. Photo: MNA

Vice President U Henry Van Thio, who was in Hanoi, Viet Nam, attended the meeting between leaders of Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) countries and the Asia Development Bank (ADB), as well as the opening ceremony of GMS-6, held at the National Convention Centre (NCC) yesterday morning.
Vice President U Henry Van Thio, accompanied by Union Minister U Kyaw Win, attended the meeting between leaders of GMS countries and the ADB Chairman held at the NCC at 8:45 a.m.
After the meeting, the leaders of GMS countries, the ADB Chairman, the ASEAN Secretary General and the World Bank Managing Director took commemorative group photographs at the NCC meeting hall and viewed the 25th GMS anniversary video file.
The ceremony was attended by Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Cambodia Prime Minister Hun Sen, China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Laotian Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith, Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, the ADB Chairman, the ASEAN Secretary General, the World Bank Managing Director, representatives from GMS member countries, senior officers and other officials.
Chairman of GMS-6 Nguyen Xuan Phuc delivered an opening speech, followed with speeches by leaders of the GMS countries and then the ADB Chairman.
In his speech, U Henry Van Thio commented that the summit theme ‘Leveraging 25 years of cooperation, building an integrated, sustainable and prosperous GMS’ was the most appropriate for the region now.
In the last 25 years, GMS countries have worked together and cooperated to achieve a truly integrated, sustainable and prosperous area within the GMS and aimed to overcome challenges within and outside it.
Myanmar hosted the fourth GMS Summit in 2011, where the GMS Strategic Framework (2012-2022) was endorsed.
Myanmar welcomes the five-year (2018-2022) action plan endorsed at the 22nd GMS Ministerial Conference held in 2017 and the GMS Regional Investment Framework 2022 that will support it, said U Henry Van Thio.
Myanmar believes that funding can be acquired to implement the 226 investment and technical assistance projects, valued at US$66.6 billion, which was included in the regional investment framework 2022, he said.
Furthermore, Myanmar also supports the GMS Transport Sector Strategy (2018-2030) with the aim to achieve “seamless, efficient, reliable and sustainable GMS transport system,” he noted.
Myanmar welcomes the development of the three main economic corridors of GMS that links cities in Myanmar, as well as GMS capital cities, main cities and ports, and the main trading routes. The successes achieved were due to the development partners, especially the financial and technical support of the ADB. Thus, the ADB and international development partners must be thanked for supporting the GMS programme from the start, he said.
Despite the great progress achieved, challenges remain in connectivity, raising competitive capacity and raising the sub-region community. The prospects and opportunities in the sub-region must be availed of through own and shared responsibilities.
“Starting from April 2016, our government is striving towards achieving national reconciliation, peace, and sustainable and all-inclusive economic development. Our main aim is to establish a stable and truly Democratic Federal Republic that guarantees the security, freedom and socio-economic development of the people,” he said.
At the moment, a sustainable development programme for Myanmar with the aim to establish appropriate policies, systems and organizations required for an all-inclusive socio-economic development is being drawn up. The programme will be drawn through discussions with the government, parliament, private sector, international development partners and other relevant entities, he noted.
TheVice President added that implementing the Myanmar Sustainable Development Plan will benefit the people of Myanmar, and support the entities in GMS, as well as other regions.
The rapid development of cities, climate change, natural and man-made disasters, cross-border migration, geo-political instability and problems are making the challenges bigger and difficult.
Similarly, acts of terrorism and instability occurring in the world today require better efforts for human security through rule of law, peace and security in the region.
To resolve the challenges occurring on the new world stage and create new opportunities based on the successes and challenges, priorities need to be reviewed and adjusted with our strategy, he added.
Furthermore, it is important to recognize regional cooperation and open regionalism while implementing complimentary regional initiatives that includes the GMS, the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) and the Belt and Road initiatives, said the Vice President.
In the opening ceremony, GMS cooperation and the result of the Hanoi Action Plan 2018-2022 and report of the GMS Economic Council on the success of the GMS Private Sector were submitted. The Hanoi Action Plan 2012-2018, the Regional Investment Framework 2022 and the 6th GMS Summit Joint Declaration were approved.
At 6:30 p.m. U Henry Van Thio met with the Prime Minister of Viet Nam at the NCC.
Later, U Henry Van Thio attended the Myanmar-China bilateral meeting.
At the bilateral meeting, matters relating to increasing the bilateral relations and friendship, stability of border area, cooperation for security, cooperation in national reconciliation and peace process, cooperating to increase bilateral trade and investments were discussed and views exchanged.
The Vice President was accompanied by Union Minister U Kyaw Win, Myanmar Ambassador to Viet Nam U Kyaw Soe Win, heads of departments and officials, while the representative group from China was led by Foreign Minister Wang Yi. — Myanmar News Agency

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