Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Nguyen Minh Quang attended the 19th meeting of the Mekong River Commission (MRC) in Luang Prabang, Laos from January 16-17.

Delegates from the four MRC member countries (Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand) discussed the commission’s 2013 budget, the process of implementing the Hua hin (Thailand) Declaration, and the MRC Council’s 2011 meeting decision to conduct a study on sustainability in water resource development and management in the Mekong River Basin , including hydroelectricity.

The meeting approved the study outline and will submit it to the Japanese Government with other proposals for financial assistance.

It also asked the MRC Secretariat to screen the regulation system of the council’s organisations to boost cooperation for sustainable and effective resource development in the region.-VNA