Mekong Leaders To Meet in Siem Reap in Early April

Prime Ministers of the Mekong River Commission (MRC) member countries � Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Vietnam � and their dialogue partners � China and Myanmar � will gather in Siem Reap province of Cambodia on April 5 in the 3rd MRC Summit.

The information was shared yesterday evening by Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen at the official opening ceremony of the 4th River Festival in Takhmao town, Kandal province.

The Premier also laid stress on different Mekong mechanisms such as the Greater Mekong Sub-region, Mekong-Lancang (China), Mekong-Japan, Mekong-Republic of Korea, Mekong-U.S., and Mekong-Ganga (India) which bring about benefits for the development of Mekong countries in general and of Cambodia in particular.

MRC is the only inter-governmental organisation that works directly with the governments of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Vietnam to jointly manage the shared water resources and the sustainable development of the Mekong River.

MRC was established in 1995 by the signing of the Mekong Agreement. MRC has adopted a series of procedures, namely the Procedures for Water Quality, Procedures for Data and Information Exchange and Sharing, Procedures for Water Use Monitoring, Procedures for Notification, Prior Consultation and Agreement, and Procedures for Maintenance of Flows on the Mainstream, to provide a systematic and uniform process for the implementation of this accord.

The MRC Secretariat is the operational arm of the organisation with 65 staff based in two main offices in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and Vientiane, Lao PDR. National Mekong Committees in each member state coordinate work at the national level.

China and Myanmar, the upstream countries of the Mekong River Basin, are Dialogue Partners of the MRC. The Commission engages a wide range of stakeholders in its strategies, plans and work.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press