Ha Long city, Vietnam – Water Resources Minister Lim Kean Hor on Wednesday reiterated that Cambodia and other Mekong River Commission member countries will keep cooperating with stakeholders to achieve sustainable development of the Mekong river basin.
Mr Kean Hor was speaking at the 25th meeting between MRC members and development partners to discuss management and financial matters, progress on operational and mid-term reviews, progress on the prior consultation process for the Pak Lay hydropower project, information on hydrological conditions of the basin and an annual work plan for 2019.
At the meeting, Mr Kean Hor, who is Chairman of Cambodia National Mekong committee and its representative on the MRC, said the Kingdom highly appreciates the significant achievements of the commission this year and thanked all parties concerned for their support and contributions to the MRC’s work.
“Cambodia hopes that our development and other partners will continue their journey with the MRC and member countries towards the achievement of an economically prosperous, socially just and environmentally sound Mekong river,” he said.
Mr Kean Hor said that development in the basin continues to increase, and together with climate change, will continue to threaten the basin’s shared resources and sustainability.
“Cambodia stands ready to continue to working with all partners to ensure more effective implementation of the 1995 Mekong agreement and other declarations aimed at bringing about success for MRC work towards sustainable development,” he added.
Tran Hong Ha, Vietnam’s Minister of Natural Resources and Environment and chairperson of its National Mekong Committee and chairman of the MRC for 2018, said at the meeting that MRC has embarked on its joint mission to bring about socio-economic development in member countries for more than two decades.
He noted that many phenomenal development achievements of the MRC would not have been possible without the cooperation of member countries and the constant and generous support from development partners and other stakeholders.
“We are proud of the broader cooperation and new joint initiatives achieved with our partners, paving the way for a better integration with other regional and international cooperation frameworks,” Mr Tran noted.
The Council also approved the MRC’s annual work plan for 2019, with a budget of about $15.8 million, which detailed plans for its operations, and activities, including the costs, to implement its strategic plans for the region.