Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (rightmost) at the Summit
The Vietnamese Government leader made the statement in Vientiane, Laos
on September 7 while attending the 8th Mekong-Japan Summit on the
sidelines of the 28th and 29th ASEAN Summits and related meetings.
The PM spoke highly of achievements reached in the implementation of the
“Tokyo Strategy 2015” and the “Mekong-Japan Connectivity Initiative”
while stressing the need to prioritise the realisation of important
contents of Mekong-Japan cooperation.
He suggested the Japanese Government assist the Mekong countries in
building new roads along economic corridors, especially the
Vientiane-Hanoi Expressway, which will be an important trade route not
only connecting the two capital cities of Vietnam and Laos but also
creating a new connectivity corridor.
He also proposed the Japanese Government continue experience sharing and
technology transfer to help Mekong countries develop a green and smart
agriculture that is adaptable to climate change.
Sharing his viewpoint on the Joint Statement of the 8 th Mekong-Japan
Summit, Prime Minister Phuc said that countries need a peaceful, stable
and cooperative environment to develop sustainably.
He expressed his deep concern over recent developments in the East Sea,
saying that involved parties should exercise restraint, take no
unilateral actions to complicate the situation, and make efforts to ease
tension and prevent possible conflicts at sea.
They must respect legal and diplomatic processes and solve disputes by
peaceful measures on the basis of the UN Charter and international law,
especially the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), while
seriously implementing the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the
East Sea (DOC) and working towards a Code of Conduct in the East Sea
The 8 th Mekong-Japan Summit acknowledged important achievements in
implementing the Tokyo Strategy 2015 in developing industrial
infrastructure, industries and regional value chains and human
resources; sustainable development for a green Greater Mekong Sub-region
(GMS); and strengthening coordination with other GMS mechanisms.
The Mekong countries highly valued Japan’s assistance for the GMS,
citing that after one year of carrying out the “Action Plan for
Realisation of the New Tokyo Strategy 2015” and the “Mekong Industrial
Development Vision”, Japan pledged to sponsor 250 billion JPY (2.43
billion USD) for the GMS countries in 2016-2018.
Regarding future cooperation orientations, the leaders agreed to enhance
the Mekong-Japan cooperation for the sustainable, comprehensive and
balanced development of the Mekong region, and foster human security and
Green Mekong development.
They also reiterated the vital importance of the sustainable management
and development of Mekong River water resources and applauded Japanese
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s commitment to contributing more to
protecting the Mekong River environment and increasing cooperation with
and support for the Mekong River Commission in implementing drought and
flood prevention projects.
The summit issued a Joint Statement and agreed to organise the 9th event in the Philippines in 2017.