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Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc attended the third Mekong River Commission Summit
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Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and delegates

The Summit discussed and set out major orientations, and priority areas for cooperation, expanded cooperation within and outside the MRC for the fair, rational and sustainable use of water resources and other related resources in the Mekong River Basin, contributing to the successful implementation of the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) in each member state and throughout the region.

Speaking at the Summit, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc highlighted a number of major achievements since the second MRC Summit in Ho Chi Minh City in 2014 which clearly demonstrate practical effectiveness of the1995 Mekong Agreement, promote regional linkage and coordination and strengthen relations with partners and regional cooperative mechanisms. The Prime Minister said that the Mekong basin has faced major challenges; Mekong River water resources have been depleted in both quantity and quality, sediment deposit and nutrients; its ecosystem and environment are seriously degraded. These negative signs have become obvious and exacerbated in Mekong downstream countries, especially in the Mekong Delta, which have been frequented by prolonged droughts, salinity intrusion, river bank erosion, coastline and land subsidence, threatening the livelihoods of more than 20 million people.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc emphasized: "It is necessary to take practical and timely actions to make the Mekong Delta, a rice granary, and fish supplier of the region for hundreds of year, continue to grow and constitute a big rice supplier for food security of the region," and asked the MRC to focus on equitable, rational and sustainable use of Mekong River water resources and related resources.

The Prime Minister suggested that the 1995 Mekong Agreement, as well as the MRC’s procedures and regulations, should be fully, substantially and effectively implemented; MRC’s supervision and coordination in realizing commitments made by member countries should be enhanced. He also recommended to develop the Basin Development Plan in harmony with water resources plans of member countries; propose joint projects on sustainable management and use of Mekong River water resources; step up sharing of information and data in the Mekong and Lancang basins as well as the network for monitoring water resources and related resources in the watershed, forecasting and warning systems for natural disasters; and set up database, common knowledge and joint research of MRC.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc also proposed to strengthen cooperation and coordination with dialogue and development partners in mobilizing resources and absorbing management experience and modern technology, coordinate in subregional initiatives, exchange of information and data and share technology to improve the effectiveness of cooperation on sustainable development and environmental protection. "Let’s unite, cooperate and take actions to make the Mekong River forever a flow of peace, a linkage of sustainable and prosperous existence of nations and people in the region," said the Prime Minister.

The Vietnamese delegation’s active participation and positive contribution to the Summit were highly appreciated by other countries and partners. The Summit successfully concluded with the adoption of the Siem Reap Declaration.

On the sidelines of the Summit, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc held bilateral meetings with Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen, Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith, and briefly exchanged views with the Minister, Head of the Chinese delegation on various measures and orientations to further enhance bilateral ties and settle other specific problems.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc’s participation at the 3rd Mekong River Commission Summit confirmed Viet Nam's strong interest and commitment on cooperation within the framework of the MRC in the spirit of the 1995 Mekong Agreement, contributing to strengthening the role of the MRC as well as solidarity and cooperation among member countries for common interest.

Nguyen Duc