Laos & Thailand Continue Cooperation
Lao and Thai officials met in Bangkok to continue their cooperation in development, investment and combating illegal trafficking between the two nations.
In response to an invitation by Minister of Foreign Affairs of Thailand Mr. Don Pramudwunai, Lao Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Saleumxay Kommasith made a two-day official visit to Thailand from August 9-10.
During the bilateral discussions, Laos and Thailand approved cooperation against the movement of wrongdoers that are trafficking in illicit goods, engaged in the illegal drug trade, illegal logging, human trafficking or creating insecurity along the borders of the two countries.
The Lao and Thai ministers also discussed border marker installation, with border demarcation remaining in 14 localities which is supposed to be finished this year, as well as water border marker installation, which is scheduled to be completed in 2018.
In 2014, the trade between Laos and Thailand was about US$5.6 million, but as of last year, the value of commerce had increased to more than US$2,105 million.
Because of that they will continue seeking further cooperation in economics, trade and investment.
Besides that, the transportation of goods crossing the borders must be improved for faster goods delivery, especially for the goods services from Laos sent to third countries via Thailand.
The cooperation of energy, labour, education and the development of infrastructure was also discussed while Minister Saleumxay visited.
The dredging of sand and gravel along the Mekong River between Laos and Thailand was also mentioned during the meetings.
Source: Vientiane Times