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Cambodia, Vietnam agree on crossborder fisheries project


Cambodian and Vietnamese officials agreed yesterday on details of a proposed crossborder project to improve fisheries management between Prey Veng province and Dong Thap province in Vietnam.

The agreement came during a two-day meeting chaired by So Sophort, deputy secretary general of the Cambodian National Mekong Committee, and follows a recently completed pilot project between the two provinces.

During the meeting, co-chaired by Vietnam National Mekong Committee senior official Ly Van Diem, the two sides agreed that the project would aim to contribute to better management and sustainable use of the shared fisheries resources.

The project, expected to start in early 2013 and last for two years, involves activities to harmonise fisheries rules and regulations and better protect resources from illegal fishing. Other activities aim to strengthen fisheries co-management institutions and promote complementary livelihoods.

Cambodian and Vietnamese officials also agreed that the project would be overseen by a joint working group comprising seven members from each country including provincial, district and commune representatives.

The draft project proposal adopted at the meeting will be sent to Cambodian and Vietnamese participants ahead of further consultations in December with the project being finalised by the end of the year.

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First time outside China and first time in Bangkok: A Multi-Billion$ industry event
The 7th Railworld Summit 2012, Oct 24-26, 2012. The Dusit Thani hotel, Bangkok, Thailand

China’s leading event organizer CDMC (China Decision Makers Consultancy) and AABC (AseanAffairs Business Council) – the business platform of C.I.A. (China-India-Asean) and AseanAffairs- the only global media dedicated to SE Asia brings to Bangkok and Asean for the first time, the prestigious Rail World Summit 2012 to be held for the seventh time and first time outside China.

Southeast Asia is one of the most dynamic, fast-growing regions in the world today. It offers a market of 590 million people, rich natural resources, skilled labor, and an export industry concentrated in global high-growth sectors – all tied together in a free-trade area, ASEAN.

This year’s event will enter a new chapter in Bangkok, Thailand, 24th-26th October. The three-day summit will address the most critical industry issues in Southeast Asia and globally and will draw attendees from government, railway authorities, projects, equipment and technology companies, aiming to help to gauge the pulse of this dynamic industry and get caught up with the most cutting edge railway technologies.

The market for rail technology in Southeast Asia currently has a volume of approximately EUR 1.8 billion. The market will grow at a significantly higher level than other regions. We expect growth of 6% per year to around EUR 2.4 billion in 2016. Though the region makes up only a small share of market volume for railway technology in Asia compared to China, India and Japan, the region is very interesting for international players due to its relative openness and low local competition.

The summit has been extended to feature a post-congress full-day site tour on the third day, which is a tailor-made site visit with high-end reception designed to witness the remarkable advancement of industry facilities, and will leave with practical skills and new contacts.

The conference will draw over 270 participants, bringing together with government and association, railway authorities, metro/LRT operators, project owners, planning & design institutes, equipment & technology vendor and IT solution companies.

Some of the confirmed companies
from Europe, USA, China, India, Japan, Korea, Cambodia, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia......Beijing Subway Operation Co., Ltd,  Siemens, Chongqing Rail Transit Corporation, AEG Brazilian National Agency for Land Transport, Rutherford Global Power, China Railway Group Limited,  Balfour Beatty Rail,  Shanghai Shentong Metro Co., Ltd, Ministry of Railways P.R.C., ADB ,Knorr-Bremse SfS GmbH, Indian Railways, Beijing-Shanghai High-Speed Railway Co., Ltd, Bayer Materials, Korea Rail Networks Authority, GE Transportation,  BAE Systems, ABB Ashurst, EAO Zoller + Fröhlich GmbH, Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd.,Rockwell  Hitachi Cable, Nexans WaveTrain Systems, Itochu, Cisco   RZD ZOOMLION Komatsu, Halfen Rail Innovation Australia Pty Ltd, MAHLE Behr Industry Cooling Equipment (Tianjin) Co., Ltd.  Böhler Uddeholm, MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION, Rogers (Shanghai)

International Trading Co., Ltd. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer TOLL, Royal Cambodia railways, Nanjing Metro, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation,Konkan Railway Corporation Ltd. , Beijing Dinghan Tech Co., Ltd. , HOPPECKE Battery System GmbH, Crane Aerospace, CSM ERL Maintenance Support Sdn Bhd, Metrosolution Zublin, Mitsui & Co., Ltd., Fuji Electric, Voestalpine BWG GmbH & Co.KG, MRT Jakarta,  TUV Rhainland, Beijing General Municipal Engineering R & D Institute,  Guangshen Railway Co., Ltd   MOOG   Centro Sviluppo Materiali SpA Ashida ELECTRONICS (P) LTD. ,Technical Expert Network, UBM, Jindal Steel, Herbert Smith Bureau Veritas, China Railway 23rd Bureau Group Co.,Ltd. Bangkok Metro, Bangkok Metropolitan Authority, Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD, Malaysia).

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Cambodia's delegation to the meeting in Siem Reap was led by Kaing Khim, deputy director general of the Fisheries Administration. The Vietnamese delegation was led by Nguyen Van Dung, chairman of the People's Committee in Hong Ngu district in Dong Thap province.

The project proposal follows a pilot project involving two border communes in Hong Ngu district and Koh Sampouv commune in Peam Chor district in Prey Veng province.

Launched in 2011, the pilot project was overseen by the Fisheries Programme of the Mekong River Commission which organised the two-day meeting in Siem Reap. The Fisheries Programme is headed by Cambodian fisheries scientist Dr So Nam, the former director of the government's Inland Fisheries Research and Development Institute in Phnom Penh.

The Cambodian-Vietnamese project to improve crossborder fisheries management is being formulated at the same time as a separate project between the northern Lao province of Bokeo and Chiang Rai province in Thailand. Both projects are being coordinated by the MRC Fisheries Programme's Management and Governance Specialist Dr Malasri Khumsri.

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