VN partakes in Mekong-Lancang Cooperation Summit
15:48 | 08/01/2018

VGP – PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc will lead a Vietnamese delegation to attend the second Mekong-Lancang Cooperation Summit in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on January 10. 

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc

This year, the biannual conference is co-chaired by Cambodia and China. 

The first summit was officially launched on March 23, 2016 among six countries namely Viet Nam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and China. 

The mechanism aims to promote comprehensive cooperation to build a responsible community in favor of sub-regional benefits. In addition, Mekong-Lancang cooperation also targets to consolidate confidence, mutual understanding, peaceful and stable maintenance, promote sustainable growth, reduce poverty, narrow down development gap, beef up comprehensive integration into the regional and global economies; consolidate friendship and fine neighboring relations. 

Six countries pledged to promote cooperation in three pillars including politics-security, economics, sustainable growth, culture, society, and people-to-people exchanges. 

Basic principles of cooperation included consensus, equality, cooperation, mutual consultation, voluntariness, contribution, benefit sharing, respect for the UN Charter and international laws. Mekong-Lancang Cooperation focuses on five key priority areas of connectivity, production capacity, cross-border economic cooperation, water resources, and agriculture and poverty reduction.​

So far, the cooperation has deployed some activities including the establishment of specialized working groups on water resources, poverty reduction, connectivity, and cooperation on production capability; implementation of projects on “early harvesting,” programs on staff exchanges, humanitarian eye surgeries, women cooperation forum, Mekong Lancang tourism city cooperation, and the establishment of the Secretary Board. 

The second Mekong-Lancang Cooperation Summit will issue two documents including Phnom Phenh Declaration and the Five-Year Plan of Action of the Lancang-Mekong Cooperation (2018-2022)./.

By Kim Anh

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