Thai Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai marked the third anniversary of Mekong-Lancang Cooperation (MLC) by saying the member states’ tireless efforts were testimony to the “cordial and warm relationship that runs deep in the fabric of our societies”.
In his statement, Don said it has been his pleasure to witness the achievements of the cooperation, which have far exceeded expectations since Thailand’s first proposal for its establishment in 2012.
The third anniversary of MLC – which comprises six Mekong riparian nations, namely China, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam and Thailand – falls this week.
On Monday, two memorandums of understanding were signed at the Foreign Ministry in Bangkok and an exhibition was launched to mark the occasion.
Don said over the past three years, MLC has successfully convened two leaders’ meetings and four foreign ministers’ meetings.
“Moreover, our collective efforts and China’s proactive role in the sub-region have resulted in the establishment of several institutional mechanisms, such as the MLC Water Resources Cooperation Centre, the MLC Environment Cooperation Centre and the MLC Special Fund, to further enhance our cooperation,” he said.
The implementation of cooperation was in five priority areas, namely connectivity, production capacity, water resource, cross-border economy and agriculture, and poverty reduction.
These cooperations have advanced at an impressive pace, Don said.
“The tangible outcomes echo the shared aspirations inscribed in the Sanya Declaration, the Phnom Penh Declaration as well as the MLC Five-Year Plan of Action,” he said.
Given the present momentum, he is convinced that the MLC cooperation will further flourish in the years to come.
“Thailand, as Asean chair and a strong advocate of Acmecs [Ayeyawady-Chao Phraya-Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy], is determined to work closely with our MLC family to advance multidimensional connectivity in the sub-region to build a community of shared peace, prosperity and sustainability,” Don stated.