Vientiane, Lao PDR, 7th Apr 2017
Vientiane, Lao PDR, 7 April 2017 – In commemoration of the Mekong River Commission’s 22nd birthday, the Mekong Day, it launched yesterday a photo exhibition celebrating Mekong’s diverse life, culture and development with dozens of photos taken in the four Mekong countries of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam.
In April 1995, the four countries signed the Agreement on Cooperation for Sustainable Development of the Mekong River Bain, a founding agreement to set up the MRC as a regional platform for water collaboration.
"Guided by the Mekong Spirit... The MRC today is proud to be a platform for water diplomacy and regional cooperation," said CEO Pham Phan Tuan at an opening ceremony of the photo exhibition at the lobby of the MRC Secretariat. “This year, we celebrate the Mekong Day with the participation of Mekong people.”
For the first time, the MRC hosted the photo exhibition on this occasion, inviting six photographers in the region to share their work on the Mekong’s diversity. A mother and her son working on a fishing boat at dawn, monks in orange robes heading to a ritual in the river, a bird-eye view of rapid flows at a water fall in the mighty Mekong.... more than 30 photos were shown to the invitees.
"The exhibition, Interchange, shows strong connections between people and the river... It offers images of an interchange around and surrounding the Mekong River… I would like to express our appreciation and sincere thanks to all photographers,” said the CEO.
In the presence of the six photographers, more than 90 invitees from the donor community, the Lao government and the MRC Secretariat enjoyed the artistic work.
“Congratulation! This is a very good event to raise awareness of people about the beauty of the river and its value. You have done it in a beautiful way with the photo exhibition,” said Japan’s Ambassador Takeshi Hikihara. “I’d expect that the MRC will have more activities like this to increase the understanding of a wide-range of stakeholders on the MRC’s importance role.”
Others also expressed their appreciation on the innovative engagement with the broader stakeholders.
“This is very nice… I hope in the future there will be more people from NGOs and universities to participate to exchange ideas and experiences on different ways that people interact with the river,” said Silinthone Sacklokham, a professor from the National University of Laos.
The exhibition will be run until 5 May, and free and open to the public from 10 am to 2 pm every day except holidays and weekends. All are welcome.