Ganga Mekong Agreement

43 “Asian Development Bank: News and Events,” 21. June 2007 available on www.adb.org/media/Articles/2007/11970-mekongtransports-connections/ 35 “Ganga-Mekong Suwarnabhoomi Project”, Government of India, Ministry of Foreign Affairs website, www.meadev.gov.in/foreign/ganga-mekong.htm The Seventh Ministerial Conference of Mekong ganga (7th MGC MM) was held on 24 July 2016 in Vientiane under the chairmanship of S.E.M. Saleumxay Kommasith, Minister of Foreign Affairs of PDR. Ministers stressed the urgent need for cooperation within the framework of the PSC, as it actively supports the ASEAN Integration Initiative and the ASEAN Connectivity Master Plan and contributes to the implementation of ASEAN`s Community Vision 2025. Reciprocal agreements focused on improving trade, investing in projects, maritime connectivity, information exchange and cooperation in pandemic management, food security of concord, coupled with strong support of historical cultural ties between the nations of the region. 34 By the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Govt of India website: mea.gov.in/onmouse/ganga1.htm 10The third ministerial meeting of the MGCI countries, chaired by Myanmar, was held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on 20 June 2003. Member States reviewed the progress of the ha noi action programme and noted that “progress is slow and much more needs to be done to bring the idea to fruition”. 39 However, the Ministers supported the trilateral road links between India, Myanmar-Thailand, which link Tamu (India) and Thaton (Thailand). With this in mind, they decided to set their fourth ministerial meeting in New Delhi, chaired by Thailand, in 2004, while Bangkok was to hold a high-level meeting before the next ministerial meeting. 15In 2004 or 2005, no fourth ministerial meetings were held, the next annual meeting of MGC officials was held in New Delhi on 25 May 2005. The Presidency of Thailand was chaired and convened by Thailand to review the implementation of DMGC projects and activities and to prepare for the 4th MGCI Ministerial Meeting to be held in India in 2006. In the meantime, China appears to have made great strides in establishing closer cooperation with these five Mekong rim countries.

The GMS renewed its second meeting in Kunming from 4 to 5 July 2005 during which he renewed his commitment to THE GMS Strategic Action Framework for Trade and Investment, the Strategic Action Plan for the GMS Corridor for the Protection of Biodiversity, signed a GMS agreement to facilitate the cross-border transport of people and goods, and insisted that it accelerate the implementation of several other agreements and negotiations. At the meeting, the “Kunming Declaration” was adopted and it was decided that the third GMS summit in Laos in 2008 would be an aid.42 The highlights of the summit were dialogue with the economic leaders of the GMS, Report on the East-West Corridor, the Cross-Border Transport Agreement and many other agreements.43 AS examines India following the second GMS summit in Kunming, the second two-week GMS e-governance programme, held from 11 to 22 July 2005 at the College of Staffs (ASC) in Hyderabad, India.

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