Development Partners Felicitate MRC on Good Work, Outline Key Areas for Joint Actions

The development partners of the Mekong River Commission (MRC) have praised MRC for the good work it has done over the first half of 2019 and outlined key areas for the Commission to focus on over the next strategic cycle.

The news came out as the donor group � currently comprising Australia, Belgium, the European Union, France, Germany, Japan, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, the United States, and the World Bank � and the MRC convened yesterday their 8th Informal Development Partners Meeting in Lao PDR's capital city Vientiane.

As the Development Partners, we're pleased to see the new achievements made by the MRC and we'd like to highly congratulate the MRC on these, Chair of Development Partners Group H.E. Jens Lutkenherm, who is also Ambassador of Germany to Lao PDR, said at the meeting that saw some 50 people attend.

The donors recognised the efforts made by MRC to facilitate the involvement of different stakeholder groups in the implementation of key MRC procedures.

The group also welcomed and encouraged MRC's continued efforts on gender mainstreaming, reflecting the critical role of women to achieve the sustainable development goals. Specifically, it encouraged the MRC to give greater emphasis on poverty reduction in the development of the new basin strategies to achieve the MRC's vision of an economically prosperous, socially just and environmentally sound Mekong river basin.

The MRC member countries, including Cambodia, welcomed the Donors' statement and pledged to give their high attention and consideration on the recommendations and suggestions made.

We welcome words of encouragement and appreciate suggestions by the Development Partners who would like to see, as much as we do, the prosperity and sustainability of the Mekong river basin and our people. We will endeavor to address as much as we can the raised concerns and suggestions, Chairperson of the MRC Joint Committee for 2019 Dr. Le Duc Trung told the meeting.

The MRC is an intergovernmental organisation for regional dialogue and cooperation in the lower Mekong river basin. It was established in 1995 based on the Mekong Agreement between Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam. The organisation serves as a regional platform for water diplomacy as well as a knowledge hub of water resources management for the sustainable development of the region.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press