Singapore (VNA) – Japan has pledged to help enhance infrastructure connectivity among five Mekong sub-regional countries, namely Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam.

Speaking at the 11th Mekong-Japan Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Singapore on August 3, Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono said the Japanese government will offer support via quality infrastructure development that matches the demand of Mekong countries and develop human resources in the fields of industry, health care and training.

The ministers affirmed determination to intensify coordination between the Mekong-Japan cooperation and the Mekong River Commission (MRC), especially in sustainable management of water resources, including trans-border water resources.

Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh spoke highly of the role of the Mekong – Japan cooperation and the Japanese government’s support in building a sub-region of peace, prosperity and sustainable development.

He also hailed the outcomes of projects within the Tokyo Strategy 2015 framework, including over 120 projects in Vietnam.

In order to improve the efficiency of cooperation among member countries, he suggested developing a multi-modal transport system and a logistics system connecting sub-regional cities and provinces, promoting industrialisation via building industrial chains and developing quality workforce, and facilitating sustainable development to build a Green Mekong.-VNA