Lower Mekong countries discuss sustainable management of Mekong water source

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh has reiterated Vietnam's commitment to cooperation between the Mekong nations and the US to achieve sustainable development in the Mekong region, Mr. Minh made the remark at the 10th Lower Mekong Initiative Ministerial Meeting in Manila, Philippines, on Sunday.

The meeting was attended by the foreign ministers of the Lower Mekong Countries�Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Burma, and Vietnam�plus the US Secretary of State and the ASEAN General Secretary. Minh said that the Lower Mekong Initiative will help Mekong nations adapt and seize new development opportunities in a rapidly changing Asia-Pacific region. The ministers agreed to boost the six pillars�agriculture and food security; connectivity of infrastructure, institutions, and communities; education; energy security; environment and water; and health�to successfully implement their 2016-2018 Action Plan.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson proposed a Water Source Data Initiative to help Mekong nations collect, share, and manage water resources sustainably. The Initiative was hailed by the Mekong ministers, who agreed to reconvene in Singapore next year.

Source: VOV5