Speaking at the event, head of the Ministry of Industry and Trade’s Foreign Investment Agency Do Nhat Hoang said Vietnam has so far invested US$3.6 billion in 113 projects in the area, including $1.6 billion in 48 projects in Cambodia and nearly $2 billion in 65 projects in Laos, mostly in agriculture and rubber production.
Hoang asked ministries and agencies concerned of the three countries to promptly refine legal regulations on business and investment, and procedures regarding taxation, customs and labour, and prioritise transport infrastructure investment.
A Lao representative said the forum offers a chance to boost economic growth and infrastructure development of each country and the region as a whole.
He added two-way trade between Laos and Vietnam topped $800 million last year and surpassed $500 million in the first half this year, up 14 percent annually. Meanwhile, trade between Laos and Cambodia has also prospered.
Vice Chairman of the Binh Phuoc provincial People’s Committee Huynh Anh Minh said local investors poured $148 million into the development triangle, predominantly in rubber processing and cashew cultivation.
Representatives from 13 regional provinces introduced potential and business opportunities to investors. They suggested paying attention to training of tour guides with good foreign language command and building the border area into a friendly destination.
A representative from the Council for the Development of Cambodia revealed that agricultural investors in Cambodia are exempt from tax for nine years since the first yield.