Women Push for Greater Role in Development of Mekong Region

Bangkok, Thailand – “I have never been around so many strong women from the Mekong region.  It’s really inspiring,” are the sentiments expressed by one of the women leaders who gathered in Bangkok, Thailand for IRI's Mekong Women’s Policy Dialogue.  Lead by Ambassador Paula Dobrianksy, former U.S. Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs,…

Lower Mekong Initiative Ministerial Meetings to Accelerate Economic Growth in the Sub-region

The Foreign Ministers of the Lower Mekong Countries and the U.S. Secretary of State, met at the Sixth Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI) Ministerial Meeting in Bandar Seri Begawan on 1 July 2013.  The meeting was also attended for the first time by H.E. Le Luong Minh, Secretary-General of ASEAN.The Ministers discussed the several challenges facing…

NEWS: Thai Push Development at Mekong Basin Talks

Bandar Seri Begawan {The Nation/ ANN} -- Thailand made another push for development projects in the Mekong River basin when foreign ministers of five countries in the region sat together with counterparts from dialogue partners.Foreign Minister Surapong Towichukchaikul yesterday and Sunday joined a series of meetings with counterparts from the basin as well as from…

NEWS: Vietnam Attends Lower Mekong Meetings

A Vietnamese delegation led by Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh attended the Ministerial Meeting of the Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI) and the Friends of the Lower Mekong (FLM) Ministerial Meeting in Brunei on July 1.Under the theme “Opportunities and Challenges on Connectivity and Environment”, the LMI meeting discussed challenges to regional development and proposals for…

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s Press Availability in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei

SECRETARY KERRY: Good afternoon. Let me first thank His Majesty, the Sultan, and the people of Brunei for hosting us all here at this forum. It’s wonderful to be back for my second visit to the region as Secretary of State.And as I said in April in Tokyo, President Obama has made, I think, a…

Joint Statement: Sixth LMI Ministerial Meeting

On July 1, 2013, the Foreign Ministers of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, and Viet Nam, and the U.S. Secretary of State and the Secretary-General of ASEAN met in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam for the 6th Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI) Ministerial Meeting.Ministers endorsed LMI as a forum through which to address complex, transnational development…

Remarks with USAID Deputy Administrator Greg Beck at the Lower Mekong Initiative Ministerial Meeting

SECRETARY KERRY: Well, everybody’s presence here underscores the very important link between the work with the Lower Mekong Initiative and ASEAN. And so I want to thank Brunei Darussalam for hosting us at the sixth Lower Mekong Initiative Ministerial Meeting. And I’m grateful to all of you for taking time to be here and all of…

Press Release: Third Friends of the Lower Mekong (FLM) Ministerial Meeting

On July 1, the Third Friends of the Lower Mekong (FLM) Ministerial Meeting was held in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam from 7:00 p.m. for approximately one hour.  From Japan, Mr. Fumio Kishida, Minister for Foreign Affairs, attended the meeting.   An overview of the meeting is as follows.After the meeting, a Joint Ministerial Statement was…

Fact Sheet: 2013 U.S. Engagement in the Lower Mekong Initiative

On July 1, Secretary of State John Kerry led the United States’ delegation to the Sixth Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI) Ministerial Meeting in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam. LMI is the region’s only forum for addressing cross-border development and policy challenges facing the five Lower Mekong partner countries. LMI holds three official events and many…

Media Note: Lower Mekong Initiative and Friends of the Lower Mekong Senior Officials Meetings in Brunei Darussalam

Senior officials from the Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI) and Friends of the Lower Mekong (FLM) member states met in separate meetings May 23 in Bandar Seri Begawan on the margins of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Regional Forum Senior Officials Meeting (ARF SOM). The members of LMI are Burma, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam,…

Joint Statement: LOWER MEKONG INITIATIVE FOURTH REGIONAL WORKING GROUP MEETING — Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam (April 25-26, 2013)

On 25-26 April, 2013, senior representatives of the Lower Mekong Basin countries, namely Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, Viet Nam, and the United States gathered in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam, for the Fourth Regional Working Group Meeting of the Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI).  Members of the six delegations reviewed progress on the LMI…

NEWS: US-ASEAN to Enhance Partnership, Discuss Regional Issues

WASHINGTON D.C. - The US and the 10-members of the Association for South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) discussed a wide range of pressing regional issues during its just concluded annual dialogue here, a joint statement said.Noting that the annual dialogue is a reflection of the strong and enduring relationship between ASEAN and the US, the…