Vientiane, Lao PDR, 14 Aug 2018
In line with the Siem Reap Declaration of the 3rd MRC Summit, Vietnam National Mekong Committee (VNMC) shared with the Mekong River Commission Secretariat (MRCS) their thoughts on how to strengthen the implementation of the Mekong Agreement 1995 and effectively disseminate results of the Council Study: The study on the sustainable management and development of the Mekong River, including impacts of mainstream hydropower in a workshop in Vientiane, Lao PDR on 9 August 2018.
The Prime Minister of Viet Nam Nguyen Xuan Phuc stated at the 3rd MRC Summit:” The MRC has recorded a range of important achievements, testifying the long-term value of the 1995 Mekong Agreement and the role of the MRC as the unique regional institution with the function of setting legal framework and technical guidance to promote the sustainable utilization, conservation and management of the Mekong water resources.”
Dr. Le Duc Trung, Director General, and his team from VNMC presented a number of information and overview and findings on legal frameworks and regional cooperation initiatives relating the Mekong river, outcomes of the MRC Summits, implementation of the MRC procedures, strategies and activities as well as the MRC cooperation. VNMC also shared what they found as achievements, pending issues to be improved and the way forward. Viet Nam implemented its Study on the Impacts of Mainstream Hydropower on the Mekong River so called Mekong Delta Study in 2012 and the Study’s tools were discussed at the workshop as a reference for the MRCS to implement its Council Study.
Participants agreed that the Siem Reap Declaration, which was adopted by Prime Ministers of the MRC Member Countries on 5 April 2018 in Siem Reap, Cambodia, shows strong commitments of the four member countries toward the MRC cooperation and strengthens implementation of the 1995 Mekong Agreement. VNMC is undertaking its own study to consolidate the position of the MRC and the 1995 Mekong Agreement and will share it with the MRCS and other three member countries.
MRC CEO Pham Tuan Pham said at the workshop: “These are very interesting and useful exchange and sharing. I would like the review of VNMC to be shared with other member countries. I really hope to have other similar workshops between the other National Mekong Committees and the MRCS to discuss and review on the 1995 Mekong Agreement implementation and how to implement the Council Study effectively because they are the backbone of the Mekong River Commission at the moment”.