Prime Minister attends 2nd Mekong-Lancang Cooperation Leaders’ Meeting

Wednesday, 2018-01-10 15:00:28
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Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc at the second Mekong-Lancang Cooperation Leaders’ Meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. (Photo: VGP)
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NDO/VNA – Vietnam treasures and has made significant contributions to the Mekong-Lancang Cooperation (MLC) in the past year, affirmed Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc while attending the second Mekong-Lancang Cooperation Leaders’ Meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on January 10.

Stressing the important principals of the cooperation for the socio-economic development of its member states, as well as towards regional peace, stability and prosperity, the Vietnamese leader underlined the need for stronger collaboration in the effective and sustainable management and use of Mekong water resources.

Overriding priorities should be given to hydro-meteorological statistics and information sharing, cooperation in response to droughts and floods and joint scientific research to construct reservoirs along the Mekong River, as well as infrastructure development to facilitate flows of commodities, services and capital, and local people’s travel, he noticed.

It is necessary to support the member states to take advantages of the fourth industrial revolution to promote their industrialisation process, he said, adding that efforts should be made to develop high-quality human resources, enhance research and technology transfer in agriculture, especially hi-tech organic development.

With the theme of “Our River of Peace and Sustainable Development”, the meeting attracted the participation of leaders from all six members: Cambodia, China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam.

At the event, they reaffirmed the goal of building a Mekong-Lancang region of peace, stability, sustainable development and prosperity. They reached a consensus that the MLC should contribute more to promoting regional socio-economic development, narrowing the development gap among member states and supporting the building of the ASEAN Community.

The mechanism must be in harmony with programmes and plans such as the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity, the Initiative for ASEAN Integration, the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and many other regional connectivity initiatives.

The leaders adopted the Phnom Penh statement and the MLC action plan during 2018-2022 with measures to realise their cooperation in three pillars: security-politics; economy and sustainable development; society, culture and people-to-people exchanges.

They hailed the 214 projects proposed by the MLC members and agreed to enhance their cooperation in the management and sustainable use of water resources via an array of activities, including policy dialogues, hydro-meteorological statistics and information sharing, technical cooperation, joint research and pilot projects related to Mekong water.

Furthermore, they consented to step up environment collaboration, especially in minimising environmental risks in economic activities.

The MLC is a sub-regional cooperation mechanism that was jointly established in 2016 by six countries along the Mekong River, namely Cambodia, China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam.

The biennial MLC Leaders’ Meeting is organised in rotation among the member countries. This year’s event is co-organised by Cambodia and China.