Mekong-South Korean cooperation plays an important role in the building of the ASEAN Community and regional efforts towards sustainable development.
Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Phạm Bình Minh made the remarks as he, together with his South Korean counterpart Kang Kyung Wha, cochaired a virtual meeting on Monday, with other foreign ministers of Mekong countries – Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Thailand.
The meeting focused on the progress of cooperation between Mekong countries and South Korea since the ties were upgraded to the summit level in their first summit meeting in November last year in Busan, South Korea.
The foreign ministers welcomed the important results that have been obtained in cooperation on infrastructure, information technology, education and vocational training, agriculture, environment protection and water resources management.
Vietnam noted that against the backdrops of a fast-changing economic and political environment at a global level, Mekong-South Korea framework needs to support member countries in overcoming the resulting challenges and take advantage of new development opportunities, while paying attention to a number of priority areas including building a high-quality workforce for industrialisation efforts, further collaboration on sustainable water resources management and climate change adaptation, wider engagement from local administrations of each country in the cooperation framework, and deepening the integration of Mekong-South Korea framework into the building of the ASEAN Community. VNS