Deepening Mekong-ROK Partnership
September 16, 2020
Mr. Suriyan Vichitlekarn, MI Executive Director, met with His Excellency Lee Wook-heon, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Thailand, on September 14, 2020 in Bangkok, Thailand as part of MI’s mission to sharpen program strategies and outcomes to support the post-pandemic recovery of Mekong member countries.
During the meeting, the officials discussed areas of cooperation, as well as ways forward to strengthen the alignment of development priorities of the Republic of Korea in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam under the Mekong-Republic of Korea Cooperation Fund and the Korea International Cooperation Agency.
Beginning in 2013, MI—as MKCF fund management and implementing agency—worked with 20 implementing agencies from Cambodia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and Korea. These have strengthened capacities in information communication technology for market expansion, designing greener growth models for economic and environmental advancement, improving water resource management, facilitating a regional agriculture value chain, and deepening regional cooperation through education, skills development, trade and business.
MKCF is financed by the Republic of Korea.