Summary

The Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam and the European Union Delegation to Vietnam organized a conference on EU-Mekong cooperation on March 16, 2022, in a mixed in-person and virtual format.

This is the first time that a cooperation forum between the EU and the Mekong countries is hosted in Vietnam. The objective was to discuss EU support to the region as well as future challenges for EU-Mekong cooperation.

In front of an audience that included a dozen ambassadors from Asian and European countries, Deputy Foreign Minister Pham Quang Hieu reaffirmed that Vietnam welcomes the involvement of development partners, including the EU, in the sustainable development of the Mekong sub-region, expressing hope for more effective collaboration and coordination in the future.

Ambassador Giorgio Aliberti, head of the EU delegation, listed the many global challenges emerging in the Mekong River Basin, adding that the EU hopes to join with regional partners to seek solutions to climate change, biodiversity preservation, water security and clean energy, among others.

Speaking from EU headquarters in Brussels, Gunnar Wiegand, Director General for Asia and the Pacific at the European External Action Service (EEAS), emphasized that the EU wants to strengthen its engagement in the Mekong subregion and will promote green investment in the region and support the region's post-pandemic recovery.

Discussions at the conference highlighted the contributions of the EU and member countries to the sustainable development of the Mekong subregion in recent years. Mekong Basin countries are advised to regulate development models towards inclusive and green growth, while partners should offer practical support to strengthen water management mechanisms in the region.

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