Mekong nations look for bridge over ‘ASEAN development gap’

Giving equal momentum to development remains the major topic that the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) nations – Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam (CLMV) – will discuss at the 54th ASEAN Economic Ministers’ (AEM) Meeting, slated to kick off on September 14 in Siem Reap town.

Pen Sovicheat, spokesman for the Ministry of Commerce, said on September 11 that he had not yet received an agenda for the CLMV meeting, but it was likely to focus on equal development between ASEAN member states.

“As we all know, of the 10 ASEAN members, six are regarded as highly-developed nations, whereas CLMV’s development is considered limited,” he said.

The spokesman said that over the years, CLMV have discussed providing equal momentum for development to ensure that ASEAN-wide economies are resilient.

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