10th Mekong Ganga Cooperation Ministerial meeting held in Bangkok
The 10th Mekong Ganga Cooperation (MGC) Ministerial Meeting was held in Bangkok, Thailand. India was represented by External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar. During this meeting, new MGC Plan of Action 2019-2022 was adopted.
New MGC Plan of Action 2019-2022
It envisages project-based cooperation among member countries in various areas including tourism and culture, education, public health and traditional medicine, agriculture and allied sectors, transport and communication, MSMEs and water resources management.
About Mekong Ganga Cooperation (MGC)
It is sub-regional cooperation organisation comprising India and five ASEAN countries, namely, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. It was launched in 2000 at Laos capital Vientiane. It takes its name from Ganga and Mekong, the two civilisational rivers in Southeast Asia.
Mandate: To facilitate closer contacts among people inhabiting these two (Ganga and Mekong) major civilisational river basins and enhancing cooperation in culture, tourism, education, transport and communications among member countries.
Note: Mekong River Basin countries are Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam.