Delegates attending the EU-Mekong Cooperation Convention in Hà Nội. — Picture baoquocte.vn
HÀ NỘI — Alternatives and challenges to the collaboration of the EU and Mekong nations was the primary theme of the EU-Mekong Cooperation Convention held in Hà Nội on Wednesday.
That is the primary time that Việt Nam has hosted the EU-Mekong Cooperation Convention.
Going down on the Diplomatic Academy of Việt Nam, the hybrid convention gathered over 50 onsite and greater than 100 on-line delegates of diplomats, authorities officers, teachers and journalists from Europe and Mekong nations.
“The EU want to strengthen our involvement with the Mekong sub-region, and this convention can present helpful inputs for our additional reflection,” stated Gunnar Wiegand, Managing Director for Asia-Pacific on the European Exterior Motion Service in his keynote tackle.
“We’ll proceed to advertise private and non-private inexperienced investments within the Mekong sub-region and help THE sustainable and simply improvement and post-COVID-19 restoration of the area.”
The one-day convention was divided into 4 most important classes: Evaluation of EU-Mekong cooperation; Examination of main tendencies within the Mekong subregion and the way they’re affecting sustainable improvement; Alternatives and challenges for Mekong’s sustainable improvement; and opinions from Europe in strengthening cooperation between the EU, its member states, the Mekong nations and your entire sub-region.
“Many international challenges come collectively within the Mekong, making it an attention-grabbing place for growing options within the discipline of local weather motion, water safety, clear vitality, agriculture, transport and infrastructure,” stated Giorgio Aliberti, the European Union Ambassador to Việt Nam.
Within the Mekong Delta, European Companions are committing 70 interventions, that are value a complete of 548 million euros (US$605 million). These interventions are consistent with insurance policies such because the European Inexperienced Deal, the Paris Settlement, the SDG 2030 Agenda and Việt Nam’s Socio-Financial Improvement Technique.
“We actually respect the participation of companions such because the EU, that are very constructive” stated Phạm Quang Hiệu, Deputy Minister of International Affairs.
“A stronger, extra linked Mekong subregion will assist construct the ASEAN neighborhood and strengthen ASEAN’s place within the area,” stated Hiệu.
The convention’s specialists recommends that Mekong nations should purpose for sustainable improvement, in addition to broader, greener insurance policies. Companions inside and outdoors the subregion additional help Mekong nations’ efforts in managing water assets.
Specialists additionally recommended the European Union and its member states take a broad and synchronised strategy to cooperate successfully with Mekong nations.
The EU and its member states have for a few years been one of many main companions and supporters of the Mekong River Fee. As the one treaty-based organisation, the EU sees the MRC as a driver for regional cooperation and integration. The EU is at the moment supporting the MRC by way of a 5 million euro grant, which runs till the top of the yr.
The general goal is the built-in and sustainable administration of pure assets in Decrease Mekong, contributing to sustainable improvement.
The EU can also be a serious donor to the person nations of the area and has simply adopted new seven-year improvement cooperation programmes with Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Việt Nam.
The Mekong area additionally advantages from a number of EU-funded regional programmes targeted on socio-economic improvement, connectivity, water and sanitation, migration, biodiversity, forest governance and wildlife trafficking, climate-smart agriculture and help to civil society organisations and indigenous folks.
Delegates all expressed the hope that information gained from the convention would function a launchpad for future cooperation tasks between the EU and Mekong nations. — VNS