MRC Launches a Website for 3rd Summit in Cambodia

The Mekong River Commission launched late last week an official website for its 3rd Summit and International Conference and called for more contribution and participation to the events, according to an MRC's press release.

The Summit, which will be held on April 5, 2018 in Siem Reap province of Cambodia under the theme Joint Efforts and Partnerships to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals in the Mekong River Basin, brings together the Prime Ministers of the Member Countries � Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand, and Viet Nam � as well as high-level delegations from MRC Dialogue Partners, China and Myanmar, to address the prevailing challenges and optimising opportunities facing the Mekong River and its people.

The Summit aims to strengthen cooperation and understanding under the slogan 'One Mekong, One Spirit' which, said Mr. Pham Tuan Phan, MRC Chief Executive Officer, gets to the heart of what the 3rd Summit is all about.

The Mekong spirit symbolises a combination of collective courage, statesmanship, perseverance and goodwill, reflecting a collective desire for mutual understanding and accommodation to achieve a shared vision for the Mekong, he underlined.

Before the Summit, a major International Conference will be held on April 2-3, providing an opportunity for the MRC and stakeholders from NGOs, academia, the private sector, and other river basin organisations in the region and around the world to exchange perspectives, best practice, and cutting-edge ideas.

Plenary keynotes and discussions on global developments, implications and opportunities for the Mekong frame the floor for more in-depth exchanges during parallel sessions. These include discussions on how to strengthen cooperation and partnerships with other regional mechanisms and frameworks, including the Lancang-Mekong Cooperation, ADB's Greater Mekong Subregion Programme and ASEAN.

The MRC was established with the signing of the Mekong Agreement in 1995 to manage the Mekong River basin in a sustainable and equitable manner through dialogue and cooperation. It is a treaty-based inter-governmental body, with over 60 years of Mekong cooperation history that serves as a unique platform for water diplomacy through basin-wide strategies, procedures, guidelines and extensive knowledge base for sound decision making. Its uniqueness also lies in its long history of openness, stakeholder engagement and partnerships from around the world.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press