Thailand and Laos have reached a provincial-level agreement to jointly combat crossborder crime, ranging from drug trafficking and the hiring of illegal immigrants to the flesh trade.
The provincial-level pact between the neighbouring countries was signed by Ubon Ratchathani governor Suthee Makboon and Saravan governor Kamboon Duangpanya at Rajabhat Ubon Ratchathani University. Under the terms of the Thai-Lao pact, the authorities of both sides will jointly combat crossborder crimes such as human trafficking, drug trafficking and illegal immigrants, especially those who may have dual nationality, and contraband smuggling. The Lao side also suggested that Thai entrepreneurs consider investing in labour-intensive, agro-projects in Laos, and noted that temporary border checkpoints in the socialist state could be turned into permanent ones to promote sustainable tourism and trade between the two countries.
Adapted from: "Thailand-Laos provincial accord signed at Ubon." 31 August 2007.
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