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The US Secretary of State and her counterparts from
the four nations of the Lower Mekong region are scheduled to meet again in two
months to work out details on the planned cooperation between the Mekong Basin
and the Mississippi Basin.
The accord on cooperation between the two river
basins and the agreement to meet again followed the first meeting between US
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the foreign ministers of the four
nations of the Lower Mekong Region, namely Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and
Vietnam, on the sidelines of the 16th ASEAN Regional Forum, in
Thailand's resort town of Phuket on July 23.
The upcoming meeting is expected to focus on
exchanging experiences and know-how on how to effectively adapt to climate
changes that affect water resources, with the Mekong Basin side expecting basically
to learn from the experiences and the technical know-how of the Mississippi
River Commission in coping with floods and draughts, as well as allocating
water resources for best use in agriculture, energy production, and
environmental impacts prevention.
The foreign ministers of the Mekong Basin nations
also expect the US to play a bigger role in helping them develop
infrastructures, and boosting bilateral cooperation in the areas of health,
education, and environmental protection with its advanced technologies. The US
had previously approved funding for assistance programs for the Lower Mekong
region in the amount exceeding 160 million dollars for 2009, targeting the three
Examples of such assistances include supporting
sustainable use of forest and water resources, conserving the biodiversity of
the Mekong basin and providing access to clean water to poor people in the
region, preventing the H5N1 and A-H1N1 influenzas outbreaks as well as
Songrit reported in Lao from Bangkok on August 7,
2009. Dara Baccam summarized in English.