Wednesday December 8, 2021


The second Lancang-Mekong Water Resources Cooperation Forum opened in Beijing on Tuesday. The six countries which the Mekong River flows through, including Laos, Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam and China, where it’s known as the Lancang River, agreed to deepen their cooperation in various areas since the Lancang-Mekong cooperation mechanism was established in March 2016.

Water resources is one of the key areas. The cooperation forum on water resources was agreed among Lancang-Mekong leaders in 2018.  Held online from December 7 to 8, experts and officials from the six countries will discuss how to maximize cooperation.

“Over the past five years, the water authorities of the six countries have implemented policies that were agreed upon by the state leaders. And we’ve benefitted from the results,” Chinese Minister of Water Resources Li Guoying said at the opening of the forum.

Li said that the results achieved have mainly been in four specific areas. First, policy dialogue and exchanges of technologies has further strengthened between the six countries, along with the exchange of information between members; Flood prevention and drought mitigation capabilities have been further enhanced. Lastly, projects to safeguard the livelihood of people living near the river have yielded even greater benefits.


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