Myanmar delegation led by U Kyaw Tin, Union Minister for International Cooperation, arrived back Nay Pyi Taw by air on 16th December after attending the 3rd Mekong-Lancang Cooperation Foreign Ministers’ Meeting held in Dali, Yunnan Province, China, from 14-15 December 2017.
The 3rd Mekong-Lancang Cooperation Foreign Ministers’ Meeting was held on 15 December 2017 and co-chaired by the Foreign Ministers of China and Cambodia. The meeting was also attended by Mr. Prak Sokhonn, Senior Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Kingdom of Cambodia, Mr. Wang Yi, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China, Mr. Saleumxay Kommasith, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lao PDR, Mr. Don Pramudwinai, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand and Mr. Pham Binh Minh, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Viet Nam.
The Foreign Ministers had an in-depth exchange of views on promoting cooperation under the Mekong-Lancang Cooperation framework and future of the cooperation. Ministers also had a discussion on the preparation of 2nd Mekong-Lancang Leaders’ Meeting scheduled to be held in January 2018 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Ministers reached consensus on the Mekong-Lancang Five-Year Plan of Action (2018-2022) and agreed to submit to the 2nd Mekong-Lancang Leaders’ Meeting for adoption. A joint press communiqué was issued after the meeting.
China established a Mekong-Lancang Cooperation Special Fund with 300 million US dollar contribution aiming to support SMEs of Mekong countries. The meeting approved the list of projects to be funded by the Mekong-Lancang Special Fund which include (10) projects from Myanmar; (1) project from the Ministry of Home Affairs, (2) projects from the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Culture, (5) projects from the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Irrigation, (1) project from the Ministry of Transport and Communications and (1) project from the Ministry of Education. Total value of projects to be received by Myanmar is about 2.4 million US dollars.
On 15th November, Myanmar delegation attended the welcome luncheon hosted by Mr. Wang Yi, Foreign Minister of the Peoples’ Republic of China in honour of the visiting delegations attending the 3rd Mekong-Lancang Foreign Ministers’ Meeting.
Next, Foreign Ministers from six Mekong countries attended the opening ceremony of Photo Exhibition displaying the achievements of Mekong-Lancang Cooperation and the launching ceremony of Mekong-Lancang China Secretariat’s website at Dali Hotel. In the evening, Myanmar delegation together with other Mekong delegations attended a banquet hosted by Mr. Chen Hao, Party Secretary of Yunnan Province. In the evening of 15th November, Union Minister met with Mr. Wang Yi, Minister of Foreign Affairs of China at the Dali Hotel. The two Foreign Ministers cordially discussed matters relating to promote bilateral relations and cooperation between the two countries, enhance cooperation in the international fora and exchanged views on the Mekong-Lancang Cooperation.
The Mekong-Lancang Cooperation was established following the initiative put forward by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang at the 17th ASEAN-China Summit held in Myanmar in 2014 to establish a new type of cooperation mechanism among six Mekong-Lancang countries comprised of Cambodia, China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam with an aim of promoting cooperation in the areas of political and socioeconomic development.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs