Vietnam Academy Of Social Sciences

The seventh annual international conference on social sciences in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia: "Vietnam – Cambodia – Laos Cooperation in the new context"


On 15th October 2018 in Ha Long City, Quang Ninh Province, the 7th annual conference on social science of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos was organized by the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences (VASS), The Royal Cambodian Academy (RAC) and the Lao Academy of Social Science (LASS) under the theme "Vietnam – Cambodia – Laos Cooperation in the new context".

    Prof. Dr. Nguyen Xuan Thang delivered the opening speech

This is the annual scientific forum alternately held in the three countries since 2011 to present. The three countries of Vietnam - Cambodia - Laos have common border lines with many similar, close features in various fields.

In the current context of the region and the world with new developments that bring together advantages and difficulties, the strategic cooperation between the three countries of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia is required to have new ideas and content. Strategic competition among major nations, changes in US global economic and trade policies, the spillover effects of the 4.0 Industrial Revolution, the rise of China's influence, new evolution on the Korean Peninsula, the complex situation in the Bien Dong (East Sea) as well as the changes of governments in some countries in the region have and will have some definite impacts on the cooperation between Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.

In the new context, the three leading research and policy advisory bodies in the field of social science of Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam jointly organized the 7th Annual Workshop on "Vietnam – Cambodia – Laos Cooperation in the new context" at the moment is very important and meaningful with the participation of many scientists and leaders of the Party, State of Vietnam and leaders of Quang Ninh province.

The workshop was warmly welcomed by Prof.Dr. Nguyen Xuan Thang, Secretariat Member of Party Central Committee of Vietnam, Chairman of the Central Theoretical Council, Director of the Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics who presented the opening speech and direction of the conference;

The workshop was attended by Dr. Sonethanou Thammavong, Member of the Central Committee of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party, President of the Lao Academy of Social Sciences (LASS) and 16 other scientists from the LASS; The seminar was also attended by Sok Touch, President of the Royal Academy of Cambodia (RAC) and 18 other scientists from the RAC. There were also 28 delegates from the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences (VASS): Assoc.Dr. Bui Nhat Quang, Alternate Member of Party Central Committee, Vice President of the Academy; Prof.Dr. Pham Van Duc, Vice President of the Academy; Prof.Dr. Dang Nguyen Anh, Vice President of the Academy, Head of the Organizing Committee; Dr. Dang Xuan Thanh, Vice President of the Academy, leaders and scientists of specialized institutes, representatives of functional departments of the Academy.

Attending the workshop, Mr. Dang Huy Hau, Deputy Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee, Standing Vice Chairman of the People's Committee of Quang Ninh Province, gave a warm welcome and highly appreciated the decision of the Organizing Committee to select the venue in Quang Ninh, the province was making important and outstanding changes, contributing to the development of the national economy.

Conference Overview   Assoc.Dr Bui Nhat Quang spoke at the seminar

The workshop was divided into three sessions, focusing on the main issues which set in the new regional and international context, ie, Vietnam-Laos-Cambodia cooperation in the fields of economy, socio-cultural and security. Through the exchange, scientists and policymakers attending the workshop correctly identified the new international and regional contexts that affect the cooperation between Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia in the three areas. Thereby, they have analyzed, evaluated and proposed solutions to promote sustainable cooperation in various fields.

Many ideas were exchanged, discussed and proposed very valuable in enhancing the effectiveness of cooperation through specific studies to address the common issues of the three countries, seeking funding from the International organizations that interested in the development of the region.

It can be said that the results of the workshop have contributed to enhancing mutual understanding, realizing commitments of senior leaders and promoting the cooperation of the three countries with traditions together side by side on long history and in the process of development and integration today, contributing significantly to the maintenance of peace, stability and prosperity of the region...

Prof.Dr. Nguyen Xuan Thang had taken a souvenir photo with leaders of VASS - RAC - LASS and leaders of Quang Ninh province   Prof.Dr. Nguyen Xuan Thang had taken a photo with the delegation of Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences

Besides, comments from the leaders of the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences and the Royal Cambodian Academy in the closing session showed many issues that need to continue to focus on research in the coming time.

It is expected that the 8th Annual Scientific Conference in 2019 will be held in Laos with the theme "Cooperation for Sustainable Tourism Development in Cambodia - Laos - Vietnam".

Summarizing the conference, Assoc.Dr. Bui Nhat Quang, Alternate Member of Party Central Committee, Deputy Secretary of the Party Committee, Vice President of the Academy, said that the seventh annual scientific conference on social science was successful, contributing to open new directions, helping to strengthen the cooperation between the three academies in particular and the solidarity and understanding between the people of Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia in general./.

                                 Pham Vinh Ha


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