Vietnam puts forth initiatives for Mekong – Japan cooperation
Date: Aug 7, 2017
Vietnam will work with Japan and Mekong nations to implement the 2015 Tokyo Strategy on Mekong-Japan cooperation and the Mekong-Japan Action Plan for Realization of the New Tokyo Strategy for 2016-2018.
Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh reiterated Vietnam’s commitments at the Mekong-Japan Foreign Ministers’ Meeting on the sidelines of the 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM 50) in Manila, the Philippines, on August 6.
The event was attended by the Foreign Ministers from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and Japan.
To help Mekong nations participate deeply in global and regional value chains, the Vietnamese FM suggested developing international traffic corridors and logistics system so the region can serve as a bridge connecting the Indian Ocean and Asia – Pacific, and be a gate to markets like India and ASEAN.
Meanwhile, Japan should provide support for Mekong nations to shift toward green growth and energy saving models, to develop energy while ensuring energy, food and water security and to use water sustainably from the Mekong river while adapting to climate change, Minh said.