CAMBODIA TO HOST 2ND LANCANG-MEKONG COOPERATION LEADERS’ MEETING ON JAN 10

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia- Cambodia will host the 2nd Lancang-Mekong Cooperation (LMC) Leaders' Meeting, on Jan 10, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said, in a statement.

Cambodian Prime Minister, Samdech Techo Hun Sen, and Chinese Premier, Li Keqiang, will co-chair the meeting in Phnom Penh, which will also bring together Lao Prime Minister, Thongloun Sisoulith, Thai Prime Minister, Prayut Chan-o-cha, Vietnamese Prime Minister, Nguyen Xuan Phuc, and Myanmar Vice President, Myint Swe.

It said that the meeting will be held under the theme: "Our River of Peace and Sustainable Development."

"The six leaders of the LMC will discuss key issues to develop the Mekong sub-region, with strong focus on the commitment to maintain peace, stability, sustainable development and prosperity of the Mekong sub-region."

It added, the meeting will also stress on the importance of the socioeconomic development of sub-regional countries, in terms of enhancing the well-being of their people, narrowing the development gap among countries, in support of the ASEAN Community-building, as well as, advancing South-South cooperation, to further contribute to the implementation of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

According to the statement, the leaders are expected to adopt four documents, namely, the Phnom Penh Declaration, a five-year action plan of the LMC (2018-2022), a joint list of 2nd batch of cooperation projects, and reports of the Six Joint Working Groups of Priority Areas.

At the conclusion of the meeting, the handover ceremony of chairmanship to Laos will be held, to be followed by a joint press conference of the co-chair, it said.

Initiated by China in 2015, LMC consists of six countries, namely China, Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Lancang is the Chinese name for the upper reaches of the Mekong River, and the trunk stream stretches nearly 5,000 km through the six countries.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK