NEWS: Sustainable Future for the Mekong Basin

On the sidelines of the 47th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting, the seventh Lower Mekong Initiative Ministerial Meeting and the fourth meeting of Friends of Lower Mekong Meeting were took place under the chairmanship maintenance of Minister of Foreign Affairs of Myanmar and United States Secretary of State. Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affair Minister Pham Binh Minh…

Supporting Women Entrepreneurs Through WECREATE Centers

When the U.S. Department of State announced the up-coming launch of a WECREATE Center in the Lower Mekong sub-region this past weekend, it underscored the State Department’s enduring commitment to empowering women entrepreneurs everywhere, particularly in developing countries.  The development of WECREATE Centers is one of the many ways the Department is supporting the goals…

NEWS: Thailand Meets with Mekong Neighbors to Bolster Cooperation

NAYPYIDAW, 10 August 2014 (NNT) – The Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs has called on neighboring countries within the Lower Mekong River Basin to step up their cooperation towards regional development during the 47th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting.In his capacity as Acting Foreign Minister of Thailand, Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs Sihasak Phuangketkeow attended the…

Fourth Friends of the Lower Mekong Ministerial Meeting Joint Statement

Media NoteOffice of the SpokespersonWashington, DCOn August 9, 2014, the U.S. Secretary of State and the Foreign Ministers of Australia, Cambodia, Japan, Lao PDR, Myanmar, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea, Thailand, Viet Nam, the Managing Director of the EU, and senior representatives of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the World Bank joined the…

Seventh Ministerial Meeting of the Lower Mekong Initiative Joint Statement

Media NoteOffice of the SpokespersonWashington, DCOn August 9, 2014, the Foreign Ministers of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, and Viet Nam, the Secretary-General of ASEAN and the U.S. Secretary of State met in NayPyiTaw, Myanmar, for the Seventh Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI) Ministerial Meeting.Ministers affirmed LMI’s effectiveness during its first five years in addressing complex,…

The Lower Mekong Initiative Sets Course for 2015-2020

Media NoteOffice of the SpokespersonWashington, DCOn August 9, 2014, Secretary of State John Kerry led the United States’ delegation to the Seventh Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI) Ministerial Meeting in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar. LMI is the region’s only forum for addressing cross-border development and policy challenges facing the five Lower Mekong partner countries: Cambodia, Lao…

Launch of the Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI) Eminent and Expert Persons Group (EEPG)

Media NoteOffice of the SpokespersonWashington, DCOn August 9, 2014, Secretary John Kerry and the Foreign Ministers of the Lower Mekong partner countries launched the LMI Eminent and Expert Persons Group at the LMI Ministerial Meeting. As a first priority, the Ministers tasked the group with finding concrete ways to promote a sustainable future for the…

Remarks at the Fourth Friends of the Lower Mekong Ministerial Meeting

John KerrySecretary of StateMyanmar International Conference CenterNaypyitaw, MyanmarThank you very much, Mr. Co-Chair, I appreciate it very much. And again, I repeat we all appreciate your leadership and particularly hosting us here now. And I want to welcome the ASEAN Secretary General Minh. Thank you very much for being here with us, too. And to…

Remarks at the Seventh Lower Mekong Initiative Ministerial Meeting

John KerrySecretary of StateMyanmar International Conference CenterNaypyitaw, MyanmarThank you very much, Mr. Minister, and again, we all thank you for your hospitality in convening us here and for your leadership. And we particularly are grateful for the efforts of your meeting through ASEAN as well as your efforts with the Lower Mekong Initiative. I also…

Press Statement: Secretary of State John Kerry’s Travel to Burma, Australia, Solomon Islands, and Hawaii

Jen PsakiDepartment SpokespersonWashington, DCAugust 2, 2014Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Naypyitaw, Burma; Sydney, Australia; Honiara, Solomon Islands; and Honolulu, Hawaii August 8-13, 2014.On August 9, Secretary Kerry will arrive in Naypyitaw to meet Burmese government leaders and to attend the U.S.-ASEAN, Lower Mekong Initiative, Friends of the Lower Mekong Initiative, ASEAN Regional…

NEWS: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to Participate in LMI Ministerial Meeting

Washington: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Myanmar and Australia this week.In Myanmar, he would participate in a series of meetings with ASEAN leaders, in Australia, he along with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, will participate in the US-Australia Consultations.On August 9, Kerry will arrive in Naypyitaw to meet Burmese government leaders and…

Google Joins Mekong Partnership for the Environment to Harness Big Data

If you Google “big data” you may soon find Mekong Partnership for the Environment among the search results.  On June 19, 2014, the tech giant agreed to partner with the USAID-funded project to support the next Mekong ICT ‘Bootcamp’.The Bootcamp will bring together up to 80 tech and data experts, journalists and civil society organizations…