Mekong River Commission (MRC) meeting
Hua Hin 2- 5 April

The Mekong River Commission will meet from April 2 to 5 in Hua Hin, Prachuap Khiri Khan. The MRC member countries are Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and Thailand while China and Myanmar are dialogue partners. The aim of the meeting is to promote and coordinate sustainable management and development of water and related resources for the countries' mutual benefit and the peoples' well-being.

Mekong River is 4,000 kilometers long and flows through 6 countries in Southeast Asia. It originates in mountains of Tibet and passes through south China, Burma, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam where it flows into South China Sea.  Mekong is very important river. It has been estimated that around 100 tribes or 60 million of people consume water from the river in the region.

People on both sides of banks of this river rely on the river for their crops, trading as well it unites diferrent cultures.  Mekong River has powerfull influence on people, economy, society and culture of those countries where the great river passes.

Mekong is international river and management of the river requiries international cooperation. In the past Thailand has hosted Mekong River Commission meeting in Chiang Rai Province. On 5th April 1995 Mekong Agreement has been reached between Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam.

This year MRC has been founded for 15 years and Thailand will host 15th anniversary meeting during 2-5 April 2010 in Hua Hin, Prachuap Khirikhan. The MRC summit will be attended by leaders from 4 member countries, Somdej Hun Sen (Cambodia Prime Minister), Buason Bouphavane (Laos PM), Nguyen Tan Dung (Vietnam PM) and Abhisit Vejjajiva (Thai Pm). China and Burma will send their representatives as observers.   

Reported by Natsupa Dechapanya

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