31 MAR 2020 - Source: OOSKAnews - The six countries of the Lancang-Mekong Cooperation (LMC) Mechanism (China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam) have committed to further enhancement of water resource cooperation, most especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
"The epidemic has once again demonstrated mankind is a community with a shared future that shares weal and woe," said Yu Xingjun, head of the Joint Working Group on Water Resources Cooperation of LMC from China, during a (videolinked) conference series marking the fourth anniversary of the Cooperation Mechanism. "Our six countries with a shared river and shared future can't delay on this anymore. The water resource issues in the Langcang-Mekong Region should also be jointly addressed by our six countries".
Le Duc Trung, head of the joint working group from Vietnam, emphasised the need to continue work on a number of projects, including data information exchange and joint research, saying "of course we will address and respond to emergency cases like what we already faced in 2016 and for this dry season, 2020".
Klok Sam Ang, head of the joint working group from Cambodia, confirmed Cambodia's determination to cooperate with all riparian countries along the Mekong River to effectively and substantially implement the 2020 LMC Week Activity: "We encourage all LMC countries to work together in strong cooperation for common benefit on sustainable development and motivation of the Mekong water issue, and look forward to significant work progress and achievement to be made from the joint-level LMC for sustainable development".