Viet Nam News –
The 25th meeting of the Mekong River Commission (MRC) Council was convened in Hạ Long City, the northern province of Quảng Ninh, yesterday.
It brought together 120 delegates from the council’s four member countries of Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Việt Nam. The commission’s dialogue partners – China and Myanmar, and nearly 25 development partners also sent representatives to the event.
Addressing the meeting, Vietnamese Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Trần Hồng Hà, who is also Chairman of the MRC Council for 2018 and Chairman of the Việt Nam National Mekong Committee, said the MRC has fulfilled its mission of serving socio-economic development of the member countries over more than two decades.
With solidarity and resolve of the member countries, and valuable support from development and dialogue partners, as well as other relevant parties, the commission has reaped achievements, he said.
He applauded the important role of the dialogue partners in managing water resources in the Mekong River basin and the great financial and technical support of the development partners to the MRC which, he said, helps the commission realise tasks set in its Strategic Plan.
The meeting reviewed the commission’s operation in 2018, and agreed on a work plan for 2019.