National Consultations on Connectivity Issues for Enhancing Coordination among the Mekong-Lancang Countries (Research Study)

WORKSHOP BACKGROUND

To complete the study on “Connectivity Issues for Enhancing Coordination among the Mekong-Lancang Countries,” MI will convene officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, other sectoral ministries, Mekong-Lancang project implementing agencies, and academic institutions from Cambodia, P.R. China, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam, as well as key stakeholders from ASEAN, GMS, ACMECS, AHN, RIF on July 10 to 20, 2020.

The officials will be invited to forward their (a) analyses of their countries’ connectivity in line with the priorities of the Mekong-Lancang plan for railways, roads, waterways, ports, aviation ports, and information technology, (b) assessment of Mekong-Lancang connectivity plans and projects, as well as the identification of project progress, achievements, coordination processes, and potential linkages, (c) list of lessons learned, best practices, achievements, and other areas for improvement of current or completed projects, (d) recommendations to enhance cooperation among and between agencies under the Mekong-Lancang Cooperation Framework and other subregional frameworks focusing on regional connectivity, and (e) suggestions of his/her ministry, agency, institution’s capacity building needs to better strengthen Mekong-Lancang Cooperation.

Structured as an online consultation workshop, participants per country will attend the two-and-a-half-hour session. The activity is implemented in collaboration with Thailand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and supported by the Mekong-Lancang Cooperation Special Fund.

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TARGETED PARTICIPANTS

Officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other sectoral ministries from the Lancang-Mekong region will be invited to attend. Representatives from key project implementation agencies, as well as other stakeholders from ASEAN, GMS, ACMECS, AHN, RIF and the academic will also be asked to participate.

WORKSHOP PROCESS AND REQUIREMENTS

The online workshop consultation will hold interviews in a semi-structured format. After ministry, agency, and institution representatives from each Mekong-Lancang country delivers their presentations, they will be requested to complete a questionnaire before proceeding to group discussion and feedbacking sessions.

For more information on the consultation workshop and schedule, please refer to the Curriculum Statement Design.

For other queries regarding the training, please contact Ms. Nopparuth Ruengrangskul, Project Consultant, at [email protected], copying Mr. Madhurjya Kumar Dutta, Trade and Investment Facilitation Department Director, at dutta@mekonginstitute.org.