On July 1, 2022, at the Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand, the Mekong Institute will organize a gathering for its development partners with the theme "Strengthening Capacity Development for a Robust Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) towards Post COVID-19 Recovery."
The meeting's objectives are to provide an overview of capacity development for regional cooperation and integration in the GMS, as well as to exchange experiences and consider strategies for more effective engagement and cooperation with development partners in capacity development, particularly with regard to the GMS's post-COVID-19 recovery.
"We are extremely pleased to have all the development partners together to discuss and reflect on capacity development for regional cooperation and integration in the GMS," stated Mr. Suriyan Vichitlekarn, MI Executive Director. "We will also discuss capacity topics and approaches, particularly through MI’s work programs, on development for a robust GMS towards post COVID-19 recovery."
Dr. Jean Pierre A. Verbiest, Honorary Advisor to the MI Council, Mr. Anouj Mehta, Country Director, Thailand Resident Mission-Asian Development Bank (ADB), and H.E. Dr. Poch Bunnak, Secretary of State, Ministry of Planning, Cambodia, will participate in a panel discussion at the meeting that will be moderated by Mr. Suriyan Vichitlekarn.
Embassies in Bangkok, development aid organizations, government agencies, international organizations, and members of the MI Governing Board and National Coordination Agencies will all be formally welcomed to the meeting as MI's key partners.
The MI also plans to issue a press release after uniting the meeting next week.
Mekong Institute (MI) deepens regional cooperation and integration through capacity development, dialogue, and advocacy for the acceleration of sustainable socioeconomic development and poverty alleviation in the GMS.
Founded and represented by Cambodia, P.R. China, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam, MI’s strategies are aligned with the core tenets of the GMS Cooperation Program Strategic Framework 2030, ASEAN Economic Community, and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
MI supports these frameworks and other GMS/Mekong related cooperation through the implementation of projects across the areas of Agricultural Development and Commercialization, Trade and Investment Facilitation, and Sustainable Energy and Environment, while addressing issues of social inclusion and vulnerability, digital economy and innovation, and labor mobility to cement holistic and sustainable development impacts.