Mekong-Republic of Korea Cooperation Fund

Supporting Catalytic and Innovative Activities in Seven Priority Sectors

Following the launch of the Mekong - ROK partnership in 2011, the MKCF was established in 2013 to encourage and support cooperation in seven priority areas outlined in the Han River Declaration of 2011.

SEVEN priority areas






It was agreed among five Mekong countries (Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Viet Nam and Thailand) and the ROK that the MKCF will be financed through an annual contribution from the ROK to MI and will be managed by MI in accordance with the Terms of Reference (TOR) adopted at the 3rd Mekong – ROK Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in July 2013 in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam. Moreover, at the 5th Mekong – ROK Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in August 2015 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the Ministers recognized the need for a more efficient management of the MKCF and agreed to task MI to act as a Coordinator for the MKCF.

The MKCF logo was created with the view to enhancing the visibility of the MKCF to the wider public. The logo was created by Mekong Institute and represents the cooperation among the constituent states of the Mekong countries and the ROK.

The Republic of Korea (ROK) is the donor of the Mekong- Korea Cooperation Fund (MKCF).

From 2013 to 2019, ROK provided US $ 7.42 million to foster regional support and cooperation among the six Mekong member countries. Through 20 projects, MKCF built human resource capacities from Cambodia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam in the areas of infrastructure, information communication technology, green growth, water resource development, agriculture and rural development, and human resource development.


MCKF Projects

  • Water Resources Management  and Development on the Mekong River
  • Guidelines and Certification for Green Buildings in Cambodia
  • Capacity Building and Institutional Strengthening for Logistics Monitoring and Evaluation Database Development in Cambodia, Cambodia, Lao PDR and Vietnam
  • Develop Database for Laws and Regulations in the Trade and Industry Sector in Laos People’s Democratic Republic
  • Master Plan Establishment and Capacity Building for the Modernization and Advancement of Hydro-Meteorological Infrastructure at Mekong River
  • Development of Regional Cooperation Project Monitoring Data Center
  • Capacity Building Project on Development of Statistics in Myanmar
  • Capacity Enhancement on Wind Energy Usage for Sustainable Rural Development in Myanmar
  • Demonstration of Model Community Forests to Promote Community Forestry Development and Improve Livelihood of Local Community in Myanmar
  • Building Up a Tripartite Model among Academies, Industries,  and Government for Skills Development in Vietnam
  • Enhance Capacity Building of Applying E-Commerce in Agriculture of Mekong Region
  • Strengthen the Water User Organization for Irrigated Agriculture Development in the Mekong Delta
  • Comprehensive Training to Increase Efficiency of Rice Production in Thailand
  • Promotion Safe Migration for Temporary Migrants to Thailand
  • Capacity Building on Circular Economy, Resource and Energy Efficiency for Productivity and Sustainability of Cassava Chain to High Value Products: Cassava Root, Native Starch and Biogas in Mekong Countries
  • Strengthening of Border Liaison Office around the Mekong River
  • Water Data Utilization Platform Prototype and Capacity Building in the Mekong Region
  • Training of Trainers on Certified Logistics Master (Phase 3)
  • Green Freight and Logistics Development in Mekong Countries
  • Sustainable Smart Tourism Development in the Mekong Region

Mekong Institute (MI) serves as the coordinator of the Mekong-Korea Cooperation Fund (MKCF).

Under MKCF, MI worked with 20 implementing agencies from Cambodia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and Korea from 2013 to 2019. 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.

Mr. Madhurjya K. Dutta
MKCF Coordinator/ Director of Trade and Investment Facilitation Department
Mekong Institute

Mr. Robby Rosandi
Project Manager
Trade and Investment Facilitation Department
Mekong Institute

Under the Mekong-Korea Cooperation Fund (MKCF),  20 implementing agencies in Cambodia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Myanmar, Thailand,  Vietnam and Korea were engaged from 2013 to 2019 to foster cooperation and integration in the General Mekong Subregion. 

MKCF is financed by the Republic of Korea.

1. Cambodia

  • Department of Water Resources Management and Conservation, Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology
  • Department of Hydrology and River Work, Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology
  • National Council for Sustainable Development, Ministry of Environment
  • General Department of Logistics, Ministry of Public Works and Transport

2. Lao PDR

  • Permanent Secretary Office, Legislation Division, Ministry of Industry and Commerce
  • Department of Meteorology and Hydrology, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment
  • Ministry of Planning and Investment

3. Myanmar

  • Central Statistical Organization, Ministry of Planning and Finance
  • Department of Mechanical Engineering, Yangon Technological University
  • Forest Department, Ministry of Environmental Conservation

4. Vietnam

  • Human Resource Development, Ministry of Industry and Trade
  • Viet Nam Agency of E-Commerce and Information Technology, Ministry of Industry and Trade
  • Vietnam National Mekong Committee

5. Thailand

  • Thailand Rice Department, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives
  • National Food Institute, Ministry of Industry
  • The Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency, Ministry of Science and Technology
  • Institute for Population and Social Research, Mahidol University
  • National Science and Technology Development Agency

6. Others

  • Mekong Institute
  • Korea Water Resources Corporation, National Aeronautics and Space Administration and United States Army Corps of Engineers