Delegations from the National Assemblies (NAs) of Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam (CLV) made their inaugural visit to the Cambodia-Laos-Vietnam Development Triangle Area (CLV-DTA), exploring a CLV memorial and a model factory within the development zone.

This historic visit occurred on October 17 and saw the joint participation of Suos Yara, Cambodian lawmaker, along with parliamentarians from Vietnam and Laos, according to an October 18 press release from Cambodian NA.

The NA disclosed that the Cambodian delegation received a warm welcome from Le Anh Tuan, deputy chairman of the Vietnamese NA’s Foreign Affairs Committee. Subsequently, the delegations proceeded to the Quicornac fruit and vegetable processing facility, hailed as a model of on-site development for border provinces.

“On the first day of the visit, the Cambodian delegation witnessed Vietnam’s border-side progress. Vietnam has initiated renewable development, including the construction of wind power electricity production posts on the mountains,” the statement noted.

The announcement emphasised that this visit was initiated by former Prime Minister Hun Sen, with the overarching goal of establishing a peaceful and sustainably developed border.

Yang Peou, secretary-general of the Royal Academy of Cambodia, who had previously ventured to the region, lauded the visit as an opportunity for mutual understanding and knowledge exchange to pave the way for further development initiatives.

He acknowledged that Cambodia has yet to fully harness the potential of this region, with its progress appearing comparatively slower than Vietnam and Laos. In particular, Vietnam has achieved significant development in its border areas.

“For Cambodia, this region remains less populated, while Vietnam boasts a highly developed area. Cambodia should consider further development of its ‘tail of the dragon’ region,” he added.