Representatives from three Mekong countries - Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam - met in
Siem Reap on June 26 and 27. They discussed ways to catch up with richer countries
such as Singapore and Thailand.
Masahiko Takeda, a senior advisor of IMF, said strengthening the banking system and
developing the legal systems would be the key.
The conference, Accelerating Development in Mekong Region, was organized by the International
Monetary Fund (IMF), the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) secretariat
and the Cambodian government.