Union Minister U Kyaw Tin attends the Tenth Mekong-ROK Foreign Ministers’ Meeting via videoconference on 28 September 2020. Photo: MNA
U Kyaw Tin, Union Minister for International Cooperation, participated in the Tenth Mekong-ROK Foreign Ministers’ Meeting held via Video Conferencing at 2:00 pm yesterday from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Nay Pyi Taw.
The meeting was co-chaired by Mr Pham Binh Minh, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam and Ms Kang Kyung-wha, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea (ROK). The Foreign Ministers of the Mekong member countries; Cambodia, Laos and Thailand also participated in the meeting.
At the meeting, the Ministers acknowledged the positive developments of the Mekong-ROK cooperation and welcomed the elevation of mechanism to the highest level by successful convening of the historic 1st Mekong-ROK Summit in 2019. They reaffirmed their commitment to enhance cooperation under the three pillars; People, Prosperity and Peace in order to build a “People-centred Community of Peace and Prosperity” as decided by the 1st Mekong-ROK Summit.
In his statement, Union Minister U Kyaw Tin thanked the Republic of Korea for the assistance rendered to Myanmar’s endeavour in combatting the COVID-19 pandemic and welcomed the recent decision of the government of ROK to provide USD 500,000 worth of antigen test kits to Myanmar which are urgently needed in the fight against the second wave of virus infection.
The Union Minister appreciated the commitment of the Republic of Korea in supporting Mekong countries by means of ODA and through Mekong-ROK Cooperation for peace and prosperity of the region, and the implementation of UN SDG 2030.
The Union Minister also expressed his appreciation to the Government of the Republic of Korea for increased contribution of 3 million USD annually to the Mekong-ROK Cooperation Fund (MKCF) starting from 2020. He also thanked the Republic of Korea for granting the “Assessment of heavy metal contamination in soil and water for safety crop production project” for Myanmar under the 4th MKCF Programme.
He also stated that Myanmar is honoured to host the Mekong-ROK Biodiversity Centre for conservation and protection of biodiversities of the Mekong region, and pledged to continue cooperating with other mechanisms for the environmental conservation of the Mekong region.
With regard to the future cooperation, the Union Minister suggested enhancing cooperation on the “Nexus of Health Security and Building Economic Resilience” due to the current situation of pandemic.
The meeting adopted the “Co-Chair’s Statement of the Tenth Mekong-ROK Foreign Ministers’ Meeting” and the “Plan of Action (POA) 2021-2025”. The Plan of Action (2021-2025) will serve as a guideline for the Mekong-ROK Cooperation and set specific goals in seven areas of cooperation; (i) Culture/Tourism, (ii) Human Resource Development, (iii) Agriculture and Rural Development, (iv) Infrastructure, (v) Information and Communication Technology, (vi) Environment and (vii) Non-Traditional Security Challenges.
The Mekong-ROK Cooperation was established in 2011 with the intention of reducing the development gap among the Mekong countries and promoting mutually beneficial cooperation. The Republic of Korea and five Mekong countries; Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam are members of the cooperation mechanism.—MNA