PM leaves Hanoi for Mekong-Lancang Cooperation Summit
Updated : Wednesday, January 10, 2018 3:13 PM (GMT+0700)

PrimeMinister Nguyen Xuan Phuc left Hanoi on January 10 morning for Phnom Penh,Cambodia, to attend the second Mekong-Lancang Cooperation (MLC) Summit. 

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc - Source: VNA

The MLC is a sub-regionalcooperation mechanism that was jointly established in 2016 by six countriesalong the Mekong River, namely Cambodia, China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand andVietnam.

The biennial event isorganised in rotation among the member countries. This year’s summit isco-organised by Cambodia and China. 

The first summit wasconvened on March 23, 2016, mapping out orientations for the cooperationmechanism, which is promoting comprehensive connection to build a responsiblecommunity and common benefit in the Mekong sub-region. 

It also aims to consolidatemutual trust and understanding, maintain peace and stability, boost sustainabledevelopment, reduce poverty, narrow the development gap, integratecomprehensively into regional and global economies, strengthen the friendshipand neighbourliness among the countries. 

Vietnam has constructivelyparticipated in Mekong-Lancang cooperation by raising a range of initiativeswhich have been added in the joint list of the Mekong-Lancang early harvestprojects, with the most noteworthy being a project on enhancing coordination inflood and drought management in the Mekong-Lancang valley and another onharmonizing standards and procedures between countries in the sub-region. 

At the second summit, themember countries are expected to approve the Phnom Penh Declaration and thefive-year Action Plan for Mekong-Lancang cooperation in 2018-2022. 

With the theme “Peacefulriver and our sustainable development”, the summit will review cooperationamong the countries over the last two years, discuss future cooperationorientations, and hear reports from working groups.


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