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The First GCMS Think Tank Forum Successfully Held in Beijing

Post time:2018-09-13

On March 20, the First Think Tank Forum of the Global Center for Mekong Studies(GCMS) was held in Beijing. Amb. Qi Zhenhong, President of China Institute of International Studies(CIIS), delivered the welcome remarks. Mdm. Cao Jing, Counsellor from the Asian Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and national coordinator of Lancang-Mekong Cooperation (LMC) China Secretariat, and Amb. Pou Sothirak, Executive Director of the Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace(CICP) gave keynote speeches. Dr. Rong Ying, Vice President of CIIS and Director of the GCMS China Center hosted the opening ceremony.

More than 30 representatives from GCMS Cambodia Center, GCMS China Center, GCMS Lao Center, GCMS Myanmar Center, GCMS Thailand Center, GCMS Vietnam Center, other ASEAN countries, the Mekong River Commission(MRC) and the Greater Mekong Sub-regional Cooperation(GMS) attended the meeting.

Amb. Qi Zhenhong, President, CIIS, delivers the welcome remarks.

Themed with “Lancang-Mekong cooperation in the growth stage”, the forum had deep discussion not only on the outcomes and experience of LMC in the last two years but also the future direction of LMC. The experts believed that LMC, meeting the real need of the sub-regional development, achieved fruitful results with just two years, made positive contribution to regional peace and prosperity and gained wide spread popularity. At the very beginning of this year, the Second LMC Leaders’ Meeting issued two vital documents: the Phnom Penh Declaration and the Five-year Plan of Action on Lancang-Mekong Cooperation(2018-2022), setting the direction for the development of LMC in the future. Ongoing Lancang-Mekong cooperation would be based on the “3+5+X” cooperation framework, focusing on building an economic development belt along the Lancang-Mekong River Basin. The scholars also had discussions on the opportunities, challenges, mechanism construction and priority fields of LMC and its relations with other regional mechanisms.

Amb. Pou Sothirak, Executive Director, CICP, gives the keynote speech.
The GCMS serves as a significant platform for Lancang-Mekong think tank cooperation. Representatives of each GCMS national center expressed their willingness to promote cooperation, exert strength, complement each other’s advantages, enhance horizontal cooperation with regional mechanisms, take advice and make joint efforts to the stable development of LMC.
Counsellor Cao Jing delivers the keynote speech.

Establishment of the Global Center for Mekong Studies(GCMS) is one of China’s 13 proposals in the Second LMC Foreign Ministers' Meeting. The Center was formally established in Phnom Penh, Cambodia last September. At present, all the six LMC countries have set up their own national centers which are now run formally. This think tank forum is the first large-scale international seminar held since the establishment of the GCMS as well as one of the major events of the first “Lancang-Mekong Week”.

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