Examples of Mekong-ROK cooperation – Khmer Times

Projects on water resources and the use of water data

The management of water resources has become vital to safeguard sustainable development as well as the health and safety of the 240 million inhabitants of the Mekong region. Following the 1st Mekong-ROK Summit, the Korea-Mekong Joint Water Management Research Center was founded at the Korea Water Resources Corporation (K Water) Research Institute in Daejeon, Korea. Currently, Korea (K Water) and United States (US Army Corps of Engineers, NASA) are working together on a water data utilization and capacity building project ($ 19-22 / 1mil). This will allow the Mekong countries to make better use of existing planning tools and improve their access to satellite water data.

Digital government and ICT cooperation

With COVID-19 accelerating the global transition to a digital economy, Korea seeks broader international cooperation in high-tech fields like 5G, Big Data and Artificial Intelligence, including cooperation in the field of government digital with the Mekong countries. After signing memoranda of understanding on cooperation in strengthening digital government with Vietnam and Cambodia, Korea collaborated to open Cambodia Digital Government Cooperation Center in Phnom Penh, Cambodia , in July of this year. Korea looks forward to facilitating cooperation with Myanmar for building integrated data center for digital government in Myanmar ($ 20-23, 94.28 million).

Forestry and tourism cooperation

In October 2016, the Korea-Mekong Forestry Cooperation Center was launched in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, with the aim of creating a stable environment for foreign and private forestry investments in Cambodia. Currently, in cooperation with Korea-Mekong Forestry Cooperation Center, Korea Forest Service and Cambodian Forestry Administration are working on establishing a Cambodia-Korea Forestry Recreation Site Project (USD 21-24 / 3.7 million ) to promote ecotourism, to contribute to the development of Cambodia environmental conservation and to revitalize the local economy in Siem Reap province.

Mine action and victim assistance projects

Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and Myanmar have made mine action their sustainable development goals. With the aim of creating a “future community of peace” in the Mekong-ROK region, the government of the Republic of Korea is carrying out mine action and victim assistance projects in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. through the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA). Building a Village of Peace through Integrated Rural Community Development in Cambodia ($ 22-26 / $ 10.5 million) is one of KOICA’s ongoing projects, which combines mine clearance and rural development to promote security and the sustainable development of the inhabitants of Battambang, Banteay Meanchey and Pailin.

Health & Medical Cooperation

Korea is pursuing comprehensive health-related cooperation with the Mekong River countries. About 50 ASEAN medical staff are invited to Korea each year as part of the Lee Jong-wook Fellowship, a medium to long-term program to support the training of medical professionals. In addition, Korea is currently pursuing four modern hospital construction projects in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam, including an ENT wing at Preah Ang Duong Hospital in Cambodia ($ 18-22 / 7.6 million), the modern hospital of the Ministry of Public Security in Laos (19-25 / 65.35 million dollars), University Hospital of Health Sciences in Laos (20-26 / 103.2 million dollars) and General Hospital of Hai Phong in Vietnam ($ 20-24 / 95.54 million).

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