Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Mekong nations agree to boost cooperation

Mekong nations agree to boost cooperation

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
A daily life at Mekong river. Pha Lina

Mekong nations agree to boost cooperation

Deputy Prime Minister Hor Namhong joined five regional counterparts at the 4th Mekong-Lancang Cooperation (MLC) Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Laos on Sunday and Monday, a meeting in which 19 Cambodian projects were approved with a budget of $8 million.

“Most of the projects cover activities related to capacity building, research, education and exchange programmes,” the deputy minister said.

Hor Namhong led a government delegation to the foreign ministerial level summit co-chaired by Laos and China in Luang Prabang in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic.

The MLC, which held its first summit in 2016 and is made up of Mekong region nations Cambodia, China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam, released a joint communique outlining the progress made this year in implementing its five-year plan for 2018-2022.

The ministry said 16 projects in Cambodia were approved last year, with a budget of $7 million. Two have been completed while the other 14 projects were still ongoing.

The Mekong-Lancang region boasts a total population of more than 1.6 billion. The MLC says it aims to boost its members’ economic and social development, improve the wellbeing of its people, narrow the development gap among regional countries, and supporting the wider Asean community.

It also plans to promote the implementation of the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The ministry said agreed at the meeting was an initiative to promote the merging of national development strategies, as well as to hold discussions aimed at achieving a common “Economic Development Belt of the MLC”.

The meeting also focused on production capacity through cooperation within the MLC, the creation of special economic zones and power markets, and the push for greater cooperation between the six member nations.

“It is very helpful to share future cultural and economic cooperation among our six countries, which need to deepen their partnerships. I hope the discussion will advance our development,” said China’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi who co-chaired the meeting, the Vientiane Times reported.

Laos is currently undertaking 13 cooperation projects valued at over $3.4 million with MLC funding.

The ministry said Hor Namhong also held a bilateral meeting with Chinese counterpart Wang Yi to discuss and exchange ideas on strengthening their strategic comprehensive cooperation partnership, high-level visits and other efforts to strengthen mutual friendship, peace and prosperity.

Laos will host the third biannual Lancang-Mekong Cooperation summit in 2020 after Cambodia hosted the second edition in January, the Times reported.

MOST VIEWED

  • Kingdom may hire Turkish power ship

    Cambodia is considering negotiating with Turkey to hire a 200MW-capacity power ship to meet electricity demands as the country faces an ongoing electrical shortage, according to the prime minister. Speaking to garment workers in Pursat province on Wednesday, Prime Minister Hun Sen said Electricite du

  • ‘Kingdom lacks up to 400MW in available electricity’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has called on the general public, hoteliers and businesspeople with generators to use them as back-up as the Electricity Authority of Cambodia cannot generate enough electricity to meet needs due to low water levels in power station reservoirs. On Saturday evening

  • EDC tackles power shortfall

    Electrcite Du Cambodge (EDC) on Monday issued a statement updating the public on its efforts to tackle insufficient electricity supplies during the ongoing dry season. Reductions in electricity prices have resulted in a steady increase in consumers in the Kingdom, while local and international investors

  • African swine fever spreads to VN-Cambodia border

    African swine fever has spread to parts of Vietnam that border Cambodia’s Ratanakkiri and Kratie provinces, a Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries official said on Friday. Tan Phannara, the General Directorate of Animal Health and Production director-general, told a Phnom Penh workshop that