Deputy Assistant Secretary Dr. Jung H. Pak Remarks at the Mekong-U.S. Partnership Track 1.5 Policy Dialogue Report Launch on Mekong Connectivity

Tuesday, June 14, 2022  Thank you to the Stimson Center for having me here today. Thank you as well for all the excellent work that Stimson does in Southeast Asia. The Mekong-U.S. Partnership Track 1.5 dialogues and the Mekong Dam Monitor are just two examples of the groundbreaking work of the Stimson team.    I’m…

Opening remarks for the Mekong Multilateralism and the US-ASEAN Pre-Special Summit event

USASEAN Chargé d’Affaires Kate Rebholz opening remarks at the Mekong Multilateralism and the US-ASEAN Pre-Special Summit event organized by the Stimson Center May 10, 2022 Thank you all for having me here this morning. Thank you as well to the Stimson Center for hosting this event on Mekong-ASEAN cooperation and how the United States can…

Mekong Heroes: Laos

Inthy Deuansavanh is a superstar Lao sustainable eco-tourism and adventure travel pioneer. He started his ecotourism business 20 years ago with a staff of four, and now employs hundreds of Laotians  across the country from all social tiers and ethnic backgrounds. Inthy studied in the United States to be a Green Entrepreneur and said about…

Mekong-U.S. Partnership Pathfinder Health Program

A non-traditional security focused flagship initiative, the Pathfinder Health Program helps Mekong sub-regional health authorities identify and respond to future emerging infectious diseases.  After working with U.S. government experts to develop action plans, Pathfinder fellows will receive funds for pilot research programs to help communities prevent disease emergence and spread.  The Pathfinder program complements long-standing…

Mekong-US Partnership Track 1.5 Policy Dialogues

The Partnership Policy Dialogues are a series of six multi-day conferences that will take place from 2021 – 2023 to explore solutions to key policy and sustainability challenges facing the Lower Mekong. The conferences will explore themes that include connectivity, energy and infrastructure, non-traditional security, transboundary water governance, and nature-based solutions. Tying the conference experiences together are cross-cutting values of inclusivity, resilience (including climate), and collaboration.

Women’s Entrepreneurial Center (2017-2020)

The Women’s Entrepreneurial Center (WEC) provided a space for female would-be entrepreneurs and business owners from the formal and informal sectors to receive training, access resources, and connect patrons to a local network of mentors that provided them real time, tailored feedback.

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

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.

MUSP Young Scientist Program

The Young Scientist Program supports young professionals by creating opportunities for collaboration among young scientists from MUSP member countries via joint research and workshops to share scientific knowledge, ideas, and experience.

Connecting the Mekong through Education and Training (COMET) (2014-2019)

The Connecting the Mekong through Education and Training program (COMET) helped narrow the development gap and increases regional integration by equipping youth throughout the MUSP region with market-driven skills by enabling them to succeed in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Economic Community.

MUSP Quality Infrastructure Training Program – Energy Series

The MUSP Quality Infrastructure Training Series helps improve the capacity of MUSP governments to attract private investment for infrastructure solutions. MUSP facilitates the sharing of best practices information on project identification, preparation, and management, to help countries manage current and future energy infrastructure projects.

MUSP Nexus Futures Program

Working with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the MUSP Nexus Futures Program advances sustainable economic development and reinforces regional integration in the Mekong region. Using an inclusive process with key stakeholders from Cambodia, Lao PDR, and Viet Nam, the program works to create a water, food, energy, and environment nexus assessment of the Sesan, Srepok, and Sekong Rivers. The program builds capacities within these rivers and shares results throughout the region of both the process and the data.

Smart Infrastructure for the Mekong (SIM)

Managed in partnership with the USAID Regional Development Mission ASIA (USAID/RDMA), The Smart Infrastructure for the Mekong (SIM) is a, government-to government technical assistance program that utilizes the science and engineering expertise of the U.S. Department of the Interior, International Technical Assistance Program to help MUSP countries safeguard the environment from the negative effects of infrastructure development.
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