Meeting of Lancang-Mekong Water Resources Cooperation held

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The Ministerial Meeting of Lancang-Mekong Water Resources Cooperation took place in Beijing on December 17, with the participation of six countries, Cambodia, China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam.
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NDO – The Ministerial Meeting of Lancang-Mekong Water Resources Cooperation took place in Beijing on December 17, with the participation of six countries, Cambodia, China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam.

The Vietnamese delegation was led by Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Le Cong Thanh, with representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and the An Giang Provincial People's Committee.

The conference saw the discussion and assessment of the results achieved by the Lancang - Mekong Water Resources Cooperation; the approval of a joint statement and proposal list for Mekong-Lancang Cooperation projects; and the signing of a memorandum of cooperation between the Lancang - Mekong Water Resources Cooperation Centre and the Mekong River Commission Secretariat.

Speaking at the meeting, Deputy Minister Le Cong Thanh highly appreciated the achievements of the Lancang - Mekong Water Resources Cooperation, affirming Vietnam's active participation and effective contributions to the cooperation mechanism.

In order to further promote the role of the Mekong - Lancang Cooperation for the mutual benefit of the riparian countries in the Mekong River Basin, Vietnam suggested that in the coming time, the water resources cooperation should give priority to promoting the implementation of the five-year water resources cooperation action plan (2018-2022) through the implementation of the approved joint projects, and to further identifying joint projects and activities.

Vietnam also asked countries to strengthen and expand areas of cooperation, including the sharing of data and management experience and the exchange of scientific-technical information, especially towards achieving a mechanism on sharing comprehensive data information for the whole Mekong River basin; strengthen consultation and dialogue in formulating policies and planning on rational exploitation and use of water resources for the common interests of all countries in the basin; towards building a General Strategy on water resources management for the Lancang – Mekong River basin.

Deputy Minister Le Cong Thanh called on the parties to research, exchange information and experiences; to build general regulations to enhance the application and development of technology for economical, efficient and safe use of water; and to promote the coordination between the Mekong-Lancang Cooperation mechanism and other Mekong cooperation mechanisms, especially the Mekong River Commission.

At the end of the event, representatives of the six countries adopted a Joint Statement between the Ministerial Meeting and the Lancang - Mekong Water Resources Cooperation and agreed to regularly and alternately organize the Ministerial Meeting of the Lancang - Mekong Water Resources Cooperation.