MRC, USAID Sign Partnership Collaboration

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Phnom Penh, June 29, 2024 --

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has reached a US$5 million cooperation agreement on a new Mekong basin partnership with the Mekong River Commission (MRC).

The agreement was inked on June 27 at the MRC’s secretariat in Vientiane, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, according to the MRC’s press release.

The agreement will help MRC increase resources for the development of the committee’s strategic priorities, especially to provide technical assistance to member countries including Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, and Thailand in collecting and using data related to the river.

Dr. Steven G. Olive, USAID Mission Director for the Regional Development Mission for Asia (RDMA), said USAID will continue to partner with leaders in the region to address issues, accelerate sustainable development, build climate resilience, and promote economic prosperity in the region.

According to Dr. Anoulak Kittikhoun, Chief Executive Officer of the MRC, the agreement will also promote cooperation and dialogue with stakeholders that contribute to resilient communities along the Mekong River.