Message from the Ambassadors’ Offices

Now more than ever, the United States sees the importance of a partnership with the Mekong Region. Perhaps the best example of that is the new Mekong-U.S. Partnership, which was launched in 2020 as a successor to the Lower Mekong Initiative. This partnership – with Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and the ASEAN Secretariat – aims to improve lives in the Mekong Region by spurring economic growth, improving natural resource management, and tackling transnational crime. “We are open to working with all partners who shared our principled, transparent approach,” said Melissa A. Brown, Head of the U.S. Mission to ASEAN. Watch this video to learn more:

Mekong-U.S. Partnership at a glance

The Mekong-U.S. Partnership expands cooperation between the United States and the countries of the Mekong region.

Mekong-U.S. Partnership Joint Statement

The United States and Mekong Partner countries released a Joint Statement on the launch of the Mekong-U.S. Partnership.

LMI Young Scientist Program

Implemented by Arizona State University’s School of Engineering 2018-2020, the program supports 35 young scientists per year from the LMI countries to foster and promote scientific collaboration, knowledge sharing on science and technology best practices, and research ideas. Participants develop cross-border research groups to respond to immediate challenges and develop prototypes and action plans to address issues where they want to make a difference. In 2019, the young scientists are working on informatics solutions to vector borne disease risks – prompted by the outcomes of the 2018 LMI Information Sharing Program on vector-borne diseases. The 2020 theme is innovation.

Connecting the Mekong through Education and Training (COMET)

COMET is a workforce development program, implemented by USAID over the past five years, which provided training to nearly 1,000 instructors and over reached 60,000 students through over 1,150 trainings from 2014 to 2019.

LMI Annual Scientific Symposium

Yangon, Myanmar, December 12-13, 2019. Over 100 researchers and scientists from the U.S. and the five countries of the Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI) – Myanmar, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand, and Vietnam – gathered for the LMI Young Scientist Program annual symposium in Yangon December 12-13. Forty young scientists from the five Lower Mekong countries presented their…

Strengthening the U.S.-Mekong Partnership

The Mekong Matters to America The Mekong region – Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam – is strategically important to the United States. The region is a focus of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Strategy, and integral to our engagement with ASEAN. The United States aims to uphold sovereignty, transparency, good governance, ASEAN centrality, and a…

Opening Remarks at the Lower Mekong Initiative Ministerial

SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you, Foreign Minister. I want to thank you, Thailand, for hosting this special ministerial marking a decade of the Lower Mekong Initiative. The United States has been a proud partner for those whole 10 years, and thanks to our work: 340,000 people have access to improved drinking water; 3,800 officials, teachers, and…

Joint Statement on the 10th Anniversary of the Lower Mekong Initiative August 1, 2019 Bangkok, Thailand

Preamble 1. On August 1, 2019, on the occasion of the 10th Anniversary of the Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI), the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Cambodia, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lao PDR, the Union Minister for International Cooperation of Myanmar, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Thailand,…

Joint Statement on Strengthening Coordination among the Friends of the Lower Mekong

The Heads of Delegation of the Friends of the Lower Mekong, including Australia, Cambodia, the European Union, Japan, Lao PDR, Myanmar, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea, Thailand, the United States, Viet Nam, the Asian Development Bank, and the World Bank (hereinafter referred to as “the FLM”), on the occasion of the 8th Anniversary of…

Lower Mekong Initiative 10th Anniversary

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