Hanoi hosts 21st meeting of Mekong River Commission Council

The 21 st meeting of the Mekong River Commission (MRC) Council focusing on action orientations for 2015 commenced in Hanoi on January 15.

Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Nguyen Minh Quang, current Chairman of the MRC Vietnam and Chairman of the international MRC Council, presided over the meeting, which saw the participation of more than 20 delegations representing MRC members and strategic partners of the commission.

During the two-day event, participants will discuss the MRC budget for 2015, the progress on joint research on sustainable management and development of the Mekong River basin, and the advancements on consultations for the Don Sahong hydropower plant in Laos.

They will also review the development strategy for the Mekong River basin based on water resource management and draft the 2016-2020 MRC Council Strategy.

According to the MRC Vietnam, the meeting aims to implement commitments stipulated in the Ho Chi Minh City Declaration reached during the second MRC Summit last April.

Participants are also expected to approve the MRC Council budget and operation plans for 2015. During the event, the commission will also call for the support of development partners for its 2016-2020 activities.

Deputy PM welcomes delegation heads to MRC Council meeting

Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai hosted a reception for ministers and delegation leaders attending the 21st meeting of the Mekong River Commission (MRC) Council in Hanoi on January 15.

The Deputy PM stated that during the second (MRC) Summit in April last year, leaders of the four MRC members of Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam adopted the Ho Chi Minh City statement, in which they affirmed the importance of the sustainable use and management of water and related resources from the Mekong River Basin and the continued political commitment to implement the 1995 Mekong Agreement.

He spoke highly of the commission’s report on the implementation process of the statement, particularly its study on the sustainable management and development of the Mekong River basin, including the impact of hydropower plants along the main stream.

He noted that the nations’ increasing population and economic growth are placing greater demands on water and other resources from the Mekong River basin, calling for increased efforts from the commission to mitigate these challenges.

The guests pledged their continuous support for the operation of the MRC. 

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