MRC and Korea’s Harbour and Coastal Department exchange information and explore avenue for cooperation

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 2nd Mar 2016 - 4th Mar 2016

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 2-4 March 2016 – Experts and high-level officials from the Harbour and Coastal Department of Republic of Korea and representatives from the Mekong River Commission Secretariat gathered in Vientiane for a joint technical workshop on future sustainable development. The three-day workshop provided a platform for the two parties to exchange information and experiences on inland waterway ports and waterborne transportation in the Mekong River Basin and to explore an avenue for further cooperation.

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This technical workshop was a follow-up to the International Symposium on Diversification of International Port Development, which was organised in November 2015 by the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries of Korea where a representative from the MRC Secretariat presented the MRC’s work on Navigation.

“Government of Korea has invested on a number of navigation projects in the Mekong River Basin,” said Mr Dae Ho Go, officer in charge of the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries at the joint technical workshop. “However, most of these projects are only within the framework of the bi-lateral cooperation between the Korea and individual countries such as Cambodia, and Lao PDR. Fewer projects are designed for the regional scale. Given the important role the MRC plays in the Mekong region, we look forward to having an opportunity to cooperate with the organisation” he added.

During the workshop, experts from the two sides shared pertinent information and practical experiences during setup and implementation of the waterborne transportation related activities, including the livelihood dependence on natural resources along the Mekong mainstream, physical landform, inland waterway logistics in the Mekong River, and navigation and legal regimes. The two also intensively discussed possible interventions on better inland waterway transportation, in which the Korean counterpart expressed immense interest in establishing cooperation with the MRC for a sustainable development of inland waterway ports and waterborne transportation along the Mekong Basin.

Based on the results of the workshop, the two parties will further work out the cooperation strategy to contribute to the sustainable development of the Mekong and its water and related resources.

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