26th Meeting of MRC Council Kicks Off

AKP Phnom Penh, November 26, 2019 —

Water and environment ministers of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam, members of diplomatic corps, representatives from Mekong River Commission (MRC)’s donors, CEO of MRC Secretariat and staff of approximately 100 people gathered here today at the 26th Meeting of MRC Council.

The meeting discussesd hydrological conditions and drought in the Mekong and the Drought Management Strategy for 2020-2025, MRC’s annual work plan for next year, the preparation of next Basin Development Strategy for 2021-2030 and Strategic Plan for 2021-2025.

In his opening remarks, H.E. Lim Kean Hor, Minister of Water Resources and Meteorology, on behalf of the Royal Government of Cambodia, expressed warm welcome to all the delegates.

The minister raised the challenges of the Mekong Basin, especially the severe drought, which made the flow of the Mekong River in 2019 the lowest ever. In this context, H.E. Minister expressed his hope that the 2020-2025 Drought Management Strategy will help to address the issue.

As the Chairman of the Council for 2019, H.E. Lim Kean Hor thanked the development partners, dialogue partners and other stakeholders for helping the Commission attain significant achievements so far in its efforts and regional cooperation for sustainable development in the Mekong Basin.

He stressed that the Commission has been developing the 2021-2030 Basin Development Strategy and its Strategic Plan 2021-2025 with the aim of contributing and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals in the Mekong Basin as set out in the statement made in Siem Reap adopted by the heads of government of Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam during their Third Summit in April 2018. He urged partners and stakeholders to continue to support and cooperate in the process towards the goals.

Every year, water and environment ministers of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam who are members of the MRC Council are convened to review and come to mutual conclusion on the management and development of water and related resources of the lower Mekong basin within the framework of the 1995 Mekong Agreement.

By Khan Sophirom