Phnom Penh (FN), Dec. 5 – The Cambodian Foreign Minister, Sok Chenda Sophea, has been invited to participate in the Eighth Mekong-Lancang Cooperation (MLC) Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Beijing on December 7th. Hosted by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, the meeting aims to discuss the group’s Five-Year Plan of Action for 2023 to 2027 and initiatives to strengthen cooperation and mutual support among the six Mekong countries. These discussions will focus on promoting socio-economic development in the face of global uncertainty, under the theme “Jointly Strive for Modernization and Cultivate New Strengths in Subregional Development.”
The Mekong-Lancang Cooperation framework, established in 2015, brings together Cambodia, China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam. This platform enables these countries to enhance their cooperation on various fronts, including politics, economy, and socio-cultural aspects. The MLC aims to bolster connectivity, human resources development, water resources management, and agricultural cooperation, thereby fostering sustainable development and shared prosperity in the Mekong region.
During the upcoming meeting, Minister Sok Chenda Sophea is expected to engage in bilateral talks with other foreign ministers. These discussions aim to further strengthen ties and cooperation within the MLC framework, promoting sustainable development not only within the region but also beyond. By enhancing cooperation on various issues, such as infrastructure development, trade facilitation, and capacity building, participating countries seek to capitalize on shared resources and harness the potential for economic growth.
The Mekong-Lancang Cooperation has already yielded significant achievements since its establishment. Notable initiatives include the Lancang-Mekong Water Resources Cooperation Center and the Lancang-Mekong Environmental Cooperation Center, which aim to enhance water resource management and environmental protection. In addition, the MLC has contributed to the implementation of more than 300 projects in the fields of agriculture, education, infrastructure, and public health, benefiting the people of the Mekong region.
The Eighth Mekong-Lancang Cooperation Foreign Ministers’ Meeting represents a crucial platform for leaders to discuss the way forward and map out a comprehensive plan for the next five years. With increasing global uncertainty and challenges, such as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is essential for Mekong countries to come together, strengthen cooperation, and navigate these complex issues collectively. By continuing to build mutual trust and understanding, the MLC can play a pivotal role in promoting regional stability, prosperity, and sustainable development.
Cambodia remains committed to actively participating in the MLC and contributing to its success. Minister Sok Chenda Sophea’s attendance at the meeting demonstrates Cambodia’s dedication to fostering closer ties and cooperation among Mekong countries. As the MLC continues to evolve, it holds the promise of bringing about positive changes in the region, uplifting the livelihoods of its people, and creating a brighter future for generations to come.
Source : Fresh News