Scientists from Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia, Thailand, the Republic of Korea and China gathered for a workshop themed “Mekong - Green growth centre in Asia Pacific” in the northern province of Quang Ninh on September 25.

Jointly organised by the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) and the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences (VASS), the event aims to promote academic exchange and experience sharing and raise policy makers’ capacity in green growth promotion in the subregion.

In his opening speech, VASS President Nguyen Xuan Thang stressed that the prosperity of the region depends on management of issues related to development.

It is necessary to further coordination between the countries towards sustainable exploitation of natural resources, ecosystem and environment protection, in order to meet current demands without harming future demands, Thang said.

Cae-one Kim from GGGI highlighted the difficulties in coordination between countries in the Mekong subregion to promote green growth in the area, due to a lack of technology and capital.

He said the RoK government will support the countries in implementing green growth in the region.

Participants expressed their hope that policy makers will make every effort to develop the region into not only an outstanding area of fast economic growth but also a model of green growth in Asia Pacific.

Over the two recent decades, the Mekong Subregion has seen remarkable development achievements. However, it also faces great challenges, especially in environmental protection and sustainable development.-VNA