MRC Reaffirms Commitment to Sustainable Development of Mekong River

Fishermen catch fish along the Mekong River on the outskirts of Vientiane, Laos, on Oct. 2, 2021. Photo by Kaikeo Saiyasane/Xinhua

VIENTIANE -- Leaders of the Mekong River Commission (MRC) member countries reaffirmed their political commitment to the sustainable development of the river, as they concluded the fourth MRC Summit here on Wednesday.

Heads of government and representatives of the member countries, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam, adopted the Vientiane Declaration, which reaffirmed their political commitment to support the mandate of the intergovernmental organization of the lower Mekong countries.

Lao Prime Minister Sonexay Siphandone told a press conference that the leaders have reaffirmed their highest political commitment to the 1995 Mekong Agreement, particularly the primary role of cooperation to ensure sustainable development of water and resources in the Mekong basin through the adoption of the Vientiane Declaration.

The Declaration expressed the hope and expectation that strengthened cooperation will bring great benefits through the utilization of new innovations to develop tools and policies in addressing challenges and unforeseen risks that may occur in the Mekong basin in the future.

Taking the theme "Innovation and Cooperation for a Water Secure and Sustainable Mekong", the fourth MRC Summit was also attended by representatives of upper Mekong countries including China and Myanmar.

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