VN vows to successfully realize Tokyo Strategy 2018
18:15 | 03/08/2019
VGP – Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign Minister  Pham Binh Minh assured Viet Nam’s commitment to work with Japan and other Mekong nations to successful implement the Tokyo Strategy 2018.

Foreign Ministers to the 12th Mekong-Japan Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Bangkok, Thailand on August 3, 2019.

Minh stressed the point while attending the 12th Mekong-Japan Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Bangkok, Thailand on August 3.

He proposed several cooperation aspects that the member countries should focus on, like climate change adaptation, sustainable management and use of Mekong River sources, smart agriculture, infrastructure and human resources development.

At the event, Foreign Ministers of Japan, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Viet Nam agreed that the Mekong-Japan cooperation has contributed significantly to development and prosperity in the region.

They discussed the implementation of the Tokyo Strategy, the organization of the Mekong-Japan exchange year in 2019, and cooperation orientations in the time ahead.

Mekong countries highly value Japan’s assistance in fostering regional connectivity.

The ministers agreed to strengthen connectivity collaboration, while stressing the importance of promoting economic development in tandem with protecting the environment, reducing disaster risks, adapting to climate change, and managing and using Mekong River sources sustainably.

They emphasized the need to intensify cooperation with the Mekong River Commission so as to realize the “A Decade Toward the Green Mekong” Initiative and the Mekong-Japan Initiative of Sustainable Development Goals Toward 2030.

The Ministers also welcomed the initiative by Japan and the US to establish the Japan-US-Mekong Power Partnership (JUMPP) to support Mekong countries’ development and ensure sustainable energy security.

Participants also exchanged views on regional and international issues, including the Korean Peninsula and East Sea issues.

The meeting approved the co-Chair’s Declaration and agreed to organize the 13th Mekong-Japan Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Japan in 2020

By Thuy Dung

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