Countries in Greater Mekong Subregion Accelerate Transport a
From May 24 to 25, a special meeting of the Joint Committee of the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) National Facilitation Committee and a senior officials' meeting were held in Hanoi, Vietnam. Vice Minister of Transport Liu Xiaoming led the Chinese delegation to attend. At the meeting, Liu Xiaoming and Thai Minister of Transport Akang respectively took the lead in signing the Memorandum of Understanding on the Implementation of the Greater Mekong Subregion Agreement on Facilitation of Cross-border Transportation of Goods and People and the "Early Harvest" (hereinafter referred to as the "Early Harvest" Memorandum) on behalf of their respective governments.
Liu Xiaoming pointed out at the meeting that promoting transportation and trade facilitation is one of the main objectives of Greater Mekong Subregion economic cooperation, and is also an important part of the "the belt and road initiative" initiative of the Chinese government. He urged other countries that failed to sign the "Early Harvest" Memorandum at this meeting to complete the relevant domestic procedures as soon as possible and sign and promote the implementation as soon as possible. He stressed that the vigorous development of international cooperation under the "the belt and road initiative" initiative has provided new opportunities for the further development of GMS's economy and society. He hoped that all countries would seize valuable opportunities to promote the implementation of specific cross-border transport facilitation measures, promote the realization of GMS's transport facilitation and economic cooperation development goals, and bring benefits to all people.
Albania highly agrees with Liu Xiaoming's proposal to speed up the signing and implementation of the "Early Harvest" Memorandum, believing that it will promote the facilitation of cross-border transportation and enhance the attractiveness of the region to private investors. He called on GMS countries to speed up the reform of relevant laws, regulations and management systems to make the movement of goods and people more free.
During the meeting, participating countries reached a new time road map and work plan on accelerating the signing and implementation of the "Early Harvest" Memorandum. Focusing on the revision of the "Agreement on Facilitating Cross-border Transportation of Goods and People in the Greater Mekong Subregion", in-depth discussions focused on the opening of new GMS cross-border road transport routes and entry and exit stations. Liu Xiaoming also exchanged views with leaders of the transportation departments of Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar and other countries on issues of common concern such as strengthening bilateral international road transport cooperation.