PM leaves for second Mekong-Lancang Cooperation
10:10 | 10/01/2018

VGP - PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc has left Ha Noi for the second Mekong-Lancang Cooperation (MLC) Summit in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on January 10, at the invitation of his Cambodian counterpart Hun Sen.

The MLC is a sub-regional cooperation mechanism that was jointly established on March 23, 2016 by six countries including Cambodia, China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Viet Nam.

The event, organized every two years in rotation among member countries, is aimed at improving mutual trust and understanding for maintaining peace and stability, fostering sustainable development, poverty reduction, narrowing the development gap and boost comprehensive integration into regional and global economies and strengthening the friendship among the countries. 

The six nations will work together to enhance cooperation in three pillars of politics-security, economy and sustainable development, culture-society and people-to-people exchange in the principles of equality, coordination, mutual consultation, voluntariness, contribution, benefit sharing, and respect for the United Nations Charter and international law. 

Mekong-Lancang Cooperation will concentrate on five priorities of water resources management, connectivity, production capacity collaboration, cross-border economic cooperation and agriculture and poverty reduction.

At the first Mekong-Lancang Cooperation (MLC) Summit, Vietnamese Deputy PM, FM Pham Binh Minh affirmed that the cooperation mechanism could play an important role in promoting sustainable development in the Mekong-sub region, strengthening relations among six countries, supporting the countries in implementing the UN Agenda 2030 and deepening the ASEAN-China Strategic Partnership. 

It is necessary to sustainably use the Mekong River’s water resources in the context of serious droughts and salt intrusion in the lower course of the Mekong River, he added. 

Fully aware of the role and meaning of Mekong-Lancang cooperation on the sustainable and prosperous development of the Greater Mekong Sub-region, Viet Nam has actively attended and made crucial contribution at ministerial-level and high-ranking meetings.

With the theme “Peaceful river and our sustainable development”, the member countries are expected to approve the Phnom Penh Declaration and the five-year Action Plan for Mekong-Lancang cooperation in 2018-2022 at the second summit.

By Thuy Dung  

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