1. 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 6th CLMV Summit on 12 March 2013 in Vientiane, Lao PDR. The Secretary General of ASEAN was also present at the Summit.
2. We recalled our initiatives and decisions adopted at the CLMV Summit in Vientiane, Lao PDR in 2004; in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2005; in Cebu, the Philippines in 2007; in Ha Noi, Viet Nam in 2008 and in Phnom Penh, Cambodia in 2010 and reiterated our commitment to enhancing the traditional relations of friendship, good neighbourliness and mutual benefits among the CLMV countries.
3. We reviewed the progress on the implementation of the projects agreed upon at the 5th CLMV Summit in Phnom Penh, the Kingdom of Cambodia on 16 November 2010 aimed at narrowing the development gap among ASEAN Member States as we move toward the ASEAN Community Building by 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.
4. We noted the progress and challenges in implementing the sectoral CLMV Action Plan by CLMV countries and tasked their relevant senior officials to ensure the implementation of the remaining activities.
5. In this regard, we commended our CLMV Economic Ministers for the progress in realising their annual Action Plans and welcomed the outcome of the Fourth CLMV Economic Ministers’ Meeting held on 26 August 2012 in Siem Reap, Cambodia. We considered the report of CLMV EMM and endorsed their recommendation for more effective implementation of the endorsed CLMV Action Plan in 2013 and the years to come.
6. In trade and investment cooperation, we reiterated our commitment to implementing all existing agreements between and among the CLMV countries in order to promote trade and investment, including trade and investment mission in CLMV countries and abroad. We commended the success in the implementation of Single Stop Inspection at the international border checkpoint, Dansavan (Lao PDR) – Lao Bao (Viet Nam). 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 Connectivity to facilitate trade, investment, tourism and transportation.
7. 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.
8. In transport cooperation, we agreed to:
8.1. Deepen coordination to make 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.
8.2. Facilitate cross border movement of goods and passengers among Lao PDR, Myanmar and Viet Nam on the route: Yangon – Meikhtila – Tarlay – Kenglap (Myanmar) – Xiengkok – Louangnamtha – Oudomxay – Muong Khoa (Lao PDR) – Tay Trang – Ha Noi (Viet Nam).
8.3. Further implement the CLMV Multilateral Agreement on Air Services.
9. In agricultural, industry and energy cooperation, we agreed to mutually facilitate investment through relevant investment incentives in important areas, including production and processing of agricultural products, mineral exploitation, renewable energy, sustainable hydropower development, oil and gas exploration, telecommunication 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, veterinarian, aquaculture, industry and energy.
10. In tourism cooperation, we noted with satisfaction the 19.7 percent growth, over 14.8 million of tourist arrival to CLMV countries in 2012. We appreciated the outcomes of the First Meeting of CLMV Tourism Ministers on 14 September 2012 in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam, which endorsed the Joint Plan on CLMV Tourism Cooperation covering the 2013-2015 period including: (i) its action program focusing on six key cooperative areas, namely information and experience exchange, enhancement of connections through joint tourism product, human resource development and training, service quality improvement and standardisation, tourism and investment promotion and (ii) joint declaration to cooperate on the development of tourism products and infrastructure, and jointly promote the “Four Countries, One Destination” campaign. We welcomed the plan of Cambodia to host the Second Meeting of CLMV Tourism Ministers which will be conducted in December 2013 in Cambodia.
11. We supported a comprehensive Mid-term Review of the Initiative for ASEAN Integration (IAI) Work Plan II in 2012 in order to stock-take the implementation of the IAI Work Plan II and set out concrete and practical measures to expedite its objectives and chart its future direction, including enhancing the implementation of the priority projects and the CLMV Priority Action List, as reflected in the Phnom Penh Agenda for the ASEAN Community Building.
12. In human resource development, we appraised the exchange of scholarships, visits and experiences in many fields of development amongst all CLMV countries. Cambodia, Lao PDR and Myanmar expressed their sincere thanks to the Government of Viet Nam for providing scholarships annually as well as other training courses to CLM countries. The Meeting requested Viet Nam to continue providing such CLMV scholarship scheme.
13. We expressed our thanks to the Government of Japan for providing USD 20 million for CLMV countries under the Mekong-Japan cooperation framework. We also commended the ASEAN Secretariat for its continued support to mobilise resources to implement the sixteen projects submitted to the Secretariat after the 5th CLMV Summit. At the same time, we called upon ASEAN and other development partners to support and assist in realising the CLMV development projects in order to narrow the development gap in the region.
14. 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.
15. We tasked the Working Group of each sector of cooperation to convene regular meetings in order to discuss the implementation of the projects under its respective purview. We also agreed that the SOM Meeting should be held annually in the country, which chairs the CLMV Summit.
16. We tasked our Ministers and SOM leaders to ensure the success of the implementation of this Joint Statement and report progress to their respective Heads of Governments.
17. We welcomed the offer of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar to host the 7th CLMV Summit in 2014.
18. The Heads of State/Governments of the Kingdom of Cambodia, the Republic of the Union of Myanmar and the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam expressed their sincere thanks and appreciation to the Government of the Lao PDR for the excellent arrangements for the 6th CLMV Summit and warm hospitality during the Summit in Vientiane, Lao PDR. Done in Vientiane, Lao PDR on 12 March 2013.