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 2021, ROK provided US $ 13.4 million to foster regional support and cooperation among the six Mekong member countries. Through 31 projects, MKCF built human resource capacities from Cambodia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam in the areas of (1) Culture and Tourism, (2) Human Resources Development, (3) Agriculture and Rural Development, (4) Infrastructure, (5) Information and Communication Technology (ICT), (6) Environment, and (7) Non-traditional Security Challenges.


MCKF Projects

  1. Water Resources Management and Development on the Mekong River
  2. Guidelines and Certification for Green Buildings in Cambodia
  3. Capacity Building and Institutional Strengthening for Logistics Monitoring and Evaluation Database Development in Cambodia, Lao PDR and Vietnam
  4. Capacity Building for Road Maintenance Methodology to Promote Sustainable Infrastructure in CLV Countries
  5. Develop Database for Laws and Regulations in the Trade and Industry Sector in Laos People's Democratic Republic
  6. Master Plan Establishment and Capacity Building for the Modernization and Advancement of Hydro-Meteorological Infrastructure at Mekong River
  7. Development of Regional Cooperation Project Monitoring Data Center
  8. Soil, Water and Nutrient Management (SWNM) for Increasing Farm Household Income in Drought Zones of the Lao PDR
  9. Livelihood Development for Sustainable Forest Governance in Northern Laos
  10. Capacity Building Project on Development of Statistics in Myanmar
  11. Capacity Enhancement on Wind energy Usage for Sustainable Rural Development in Myanmar
  12. Demonstration of Model Community Forests to Promote Community Forestry Development and Improve Livelihood of Local Community in Myanmar
  13. Assessment of Heavy Metal Contamination in Soil and Water for Safety Crop Production in Myanmar
  14. Impact of Migration on Rural Development with Special Emphasis on Agriculture of Mon State, Myanmar
  15. Building Up a Tripartite Model among Academics, Industries, and Government for Skills Development in Viet Nam
  16. Enhance Capacity Building of Applying E-Commerce in Agriculture of Mekong Region
  17. Strengthen the Water User Organization for Irrigated Agriculture Development in the Mekong Delta
  18. Developing of Climate-related Disaster Hazard Zoning Map and Enhancing the Salinity Intrusion Monitoring Network in Can Tho City
  19. Mekong Leadership Program and Capacity Building Activities (Mekong LEAD and Mekong BUILD)
  20. Comprehensive Training to Increase Efficiency of Rice Production in Thailand
  21. Promotion Safe Migration for Temporary Migrants to Thailand
  22. 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
  23. Sharing of Experiences, Best Practices and Lessons Learned in Controlling COVID-19 Outbreaks between ROK and Mekong Countries
  24. Enhancing Community and Small-scale Water Resource Management in the Mekong Region (ECSWRM)
  25. Strengthening of Border Liaison Office around the Mekong River
  26. Water Data Utilization and Capacity Building in the Mekong Region
  27. Promotion of Innovative Rainwater for Drinking (RFD) System as a Sustainable Water Supply in Rural Health Care Facilities (HCFs) and/or Schools
  28. Training of Trainers on Certified Logistics Master
  29. Green Freight and Logistics Development in Mekong Countries
  30. Sustainable Smart Tourism Development in the Mekong Region
  31. Sustainable and Smart Agricultural Supply Chain Development in Mekong Countries

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