DPM calls for balancing interests, responsibility of countries along Mekong River
  • | VGP | December 16, 2017 11:00 AM
Deputy PM, FM Pham Binh Minh suggested that the Mekong – Lancang Cooperation (MLC) should focus on enhancing sustainable management and use of Mekong River water resources to balance interests and responsibility of countries along the river.

Deputy PM, FM Pham Binh Minh attends the third Foreign Ministers’ Meeting on MLC which took place in Dali, the southwest China’s Yunnan province, December 15, 2017

The Vietnamese leader made that statement at the third Foreign Ministers’ Meeting on MLC which took place in Dali, the southwest China’s Yunnan province on December 15.

Speaking at the event, Deputy PM Minh highlighted Vietnam’s active and effective contributions to building the MLC working mechanism and proposing practical ideas for cooperation.

He acknowledged the MLC’s prominent outcomes in the past two years, hailing China’s role and the proactive engagement of Mekong countries.

He reiterated Vietnam’s proposal to establish a hotline among MLC member countries to deal with emergency situation in Mekong River, the first of its kind for the six countries sharing the Mekong river.

The Deputy PM called for enhancing joint work to develop a competitive agricultural sector that is resilient to climate change and able to engage in regional and global value chains by upgrading regional transport infrastructure and improving human resources training to meet demand amid the fourth industrial revolution.

Participants reviewed the implementation of outcomes of the first and second meetings and discussed measures to promote regional sustainable development.

In preparation for the second MLC Summit slated for January 10 - 11, 2018 in Cambodia, the ministers agreed on contents of several documents for submission to MLC leaders, including the MLC Action Plan for 2018-2022 and the list of MLC projects, second stage.

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