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:
The Mekong-U.S. Partnership expands cooperation between the United States and the countries of the Mekong region.
The United States and Mekong Partner countries released a Joint Statement on the launch of the Mekong-U.S. Partnership.
From 2017-2019, World Education Laos managed a Women's Entrepreneurship Center in Vientiane, Lao PDR. The center hosted trainings on small business management, access to finance, online marketing, and basic English for business. Additionally, the center provided vocational trainings on becoming a tailor, hairdressing, weaving, and natural dyes. This WEC was established in the spirit of similar centers funded by the LMI in Cambodia and Viet Nam, and others started with support from the Department of State in Islamabad, Kenya, Zambia, and Mali.