Myanmar, Thailand form new bilateral co-operative initiatives
BANGKOK, July 24 — Thai and Myanmar leaders will promote bilateral co-operation in four areas and develop connection between Dawei and Laem Chabang Ports, Thai News agency reported.
During a meeting between Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and Myanmar President Thein Sein here yesterday, Yingluck said the four areas include personnel development, Myanmar’s role as the chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) in 2014, economic and social development and the construction of infrastructure.
Thailand is also ready to support the connection of Mynamar's Dawei port and Thailand's Laem Chabang port for regional interests, and both countries will form a working group to push for port development next month.
Both countries will promote border economic growth by upgrading four temporary border crossings to permanent ones, including Baan Huay Ton Moon's border in Mae Hong Son province and Baan Kiew Pha Wok in Chiang Mai in the Thai North, and the borders of Baan Phu Nam Ron in Thai West's Kanchanaburi province and Baan Tako Bon in Ratchaburi.
At the meeting both leaders witnessed the signing of two memorandum of understanding on the development of the Dawei economic zone and the development of Myanmar and the signing of a joint communiqué on the organisation of energy forums.
Myanmar will host the next meeting of the Thai-Myanmar Joint Committee and set up a Thai-Myanmar Friendship Association. — Bernama