11th Lower Mekong Initiative and Friends of Lower Mekong Region Working Group Meeting begins

Writer: 
Kyaw Myo
The 11th Lower Mekong Initiative and Friends of Lower Mekong Region Working Group Meeting in progress in Nay Pyi Taw

The 11th Lower Mekong Initiative and Friends of Lower Mekong Region Working Group Meeting, jointly organised by Myanmar and the United States, commenced at M Gallery Hotel in Nay Pyi Taw on May 3.

The two-day meeting is being attended by delegates from Myanmar, the US, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Australia, Korea, the World Bank and the Asean Secretariat.

“In a previous Working Group Meeting held in Laos, the participants commented that the Lower Mekong Initiative-LMI process was a little bit slow and lacked effectiveness. The US cooperation is based on six pillars. They proposed to change these six pillars into two super pillars. Depending on this, Friends of Lower Mekong countries would hold their discussions,” said Win Zeya Tun, deputy director general of the Foreign Affairs Ministry.

The ongoing meeting will focus on the topics of health, education, agriculture, infrastructure, water resources and energy.

LMI was launched by foreign ministers from Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam and the US in 2009 to help narrow the gap among Asean countries and encourage cooperation in developing sustainable economy.

As an active participant, Myanmar has sent a lot of its citizens abroad to receive trainings on education, energy and environmental conservation.