U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Seed Trade Capacity Program (2019-2024)

The Seed Trade Capacity Building program, led by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, aims to develop the seed sector building institutional capacity for research, innovation, and new seed technologies; promoting and enabling policy environments for seed trade; and facilitating cooperation and partnerships with the private sector in the Mekong Region.

U.S.-ASEAN Smart Cities Partnership WiSE/Water Program (2020-2024)

Water Smart Engagements (WiSE) Program pairs U.S. and ASEAN cities, water districts, and utilities for collective capacity building and innovative technology familiarization. Three such cities are from the Mekong region, including Vientiane, Lao PDR which partnered with Hillsboro, Oregon; Phuket, Thailand with Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam with San Francisco, California.…

USAID SERVIR-Southeast Asia (2023-2028)

Under the MUSP umbrella, USAID, in collaboration with NASA, supports climate resilience studies, providing early warning of dramatic changes in regional water and disasters, air quality, food security, weather and climate, and land cover and land use, with a focus on the Mekong sub-region.

Department of Transportation East-West Transport Connectivity Program (2020-2024)

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) is partnering with stakeholders, including Mekong country governments and U.S. government interagency partners, to strengthen institutional capacity and legal and regulatory frameworks in alignment with international best practices for regional transport planning and connectivity.

USAID Southeast Asia Smart Power Program (2021-2026)

USAID’s Southeast Asia Smart Power Program is designed to support modern, connected, reliable energy system, with a particular focus on Mekong sub-region countries. The program aims to decarbonize and strengthen the region's power systems by increasing regional energy trade, accelerating the deployment of clean energy technologies, and actively engaging private sector leaders. The program operates…

USAID-Australia Mekong Safeguards (2018-2024)

Mekong Safeguards accelerates the sustainable infrastructure transition in the Mekong sub-region by reducing negative environmental and social impacts of large-scale energy and transport projects through the application of environmental, social, and corporate governance standards (ESG) at both local and transboundary levels. The program engages governments, banks, and communities to improve ESG standards using transnational standards…

U.S.-Singapore Third Country Training Program (TCTP) (2012-Present)

The U.S.-Singapore Third Country Training Program (TCTP) is a partnership between the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the U.S. Department of State which jointly conducts capacity building course for Southeast Asian countries, in particular those in the Mekong region. TCTP supports ASEAN community-building efforts through its workshops and training seminars in developmental focused areas.

Mekong-Mississippi Sister Rivers Partnership (2010-Present)

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers leads the Sister Rivers Exchange program to promote the sharing of experiences between the Mississippi River Commission and the Mekong River Commission through with the aim of increasing regional stability and prosperity.

Japan-U.S.-Mekong Power Partnership (JUMPP) (2019-Present)

U.S. technical assistance, in coordination with Japan, supports ‎Mekong electricity regulatory and system development by working with national and regional market authorities on reliably integrating renewable energy, enhancing opportunities for regional power trade, and opportunities for private investment.

Connecting South and Southeast Asia through Improved East-West Linkages

This report, completed by the U.S. Department of Transportation and funded by the U.S. Department of State working together under the Mekong-U.S. Partnership, presents the preliminary findings of an initiative to promote and expand intra-regional and east-west connectivity between the Mekong countries and South Asia.  It provides a framework for engaging with regional stakeholders to…

Keynote Address for the Mekong-U.S. Partnership Track 1.5 Dialogue on Infrastructure and Energy

EAP Assistant Secretary Kritenbrink’s Keynote Address for the Mekong-U.S. Partnership Track 1.5 Dialogue on Infrastructure and Energy Good morning and good evening, everyone.  It is an honor to speak to so many distinguished guests, YSEALI participants, innovators, leaders, and policy makers from across the region.  It is a region I am passionate about, having recently…

Investigating Sustainable Energy Development Opportunities

Did you know: Thailand used 60 TW of power just to run air conditioning in 2020—but stricter energy efficiency standards could reduce this consumption by 20 to 30 percent? Cambodia's hydropower production was curtailed by the Mekong drought in 2019-2020? Vietnam was a late starter in renewable energy, but feed-in tariffs helped install 9GW of…