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Laos attends fourth Mekong -RoK ministers'meeting

(KPL) Mr. Thongloun Sisoulith, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs has led a high ranking delegation of Laos to attend the fourth meeting of the Mekong - Republic of Korea (RoK) foreign ministers' meeting held in Seoul on July 29.


According to the press release from the ministry of foreign affairs, the meeting was co-chaired by RoK and Thailand and was attended by Mekongís Countryís foreign ministers.


The meeting highly estimated the progress of the implementation of cooperation framework between Mekong and RoK and discussed the ways to enhance the friendly relation and cooperation between Mekong and RoK, said press release.


The meeting also adopted a 2014 - 2017 action plan and the co-chairís statement of the fourth Mekong -RoK ministers'meeting. The action plan has covered three visions namely the connectivity in ASEAN, sustainable development and human resource development and concentrated in 6 prioritized sectors such as: infrastructure development, ICT, green growth promotion, water resource development, agriculture and rural development and human resource development.

In order to achieve the said action plan, the RoK will increase its official development assistance (ODA) for Mekong countries and to add more assistance to Mekong-RoK development fund for the next 3 years in order to implement the prioritized projects, particularly the infrastructure development for ASEAN Connectivity as well as the feasibility study project to build the rail way between Laos and Vietnam and the project to improve navigation on the Mekong river.

The next meeting will be held next year in Malaysia by Vietnam and the RoK.

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