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Date: 06/20/2010 Description: Cambodian fishermen work on their wooden boats in the early morning on Mekong river near Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Sunday, June 20, 2010.  © AP Image Date: 06/24/2010 Description: A Cambodian fisherman steers his wooden boat past a floating village of A-Reyksat, along Mekong river in Kandal province, northeast of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2009.  © AP Image Date: 04/03/2010 Description: A Cambodian rows their wooden boat in Mekong river near Koh Touch village, Kandal province about 14 miles north of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. © AP Image
  • On July 13, 2012, the Foreign Ministers of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand, and Viet Nam -- and the U.S. Secretary of State met in Phnom Penh, Cambodia for the 5th Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI) Ministerial Meeting. They formally welcomed Myanmar as the sixth member of the LMI. The six Ministers emphasized the value of the LMI in narrowing the development gap among ASEAN Member States by focusing on building regional capacity in the Mekong subregion to address transnational challenges, particularly in the areas of environment and health, and to promote education and regional connectivity.
  • On July 22, 2011, the Foreign Ministers and senior representatives of the Lower Mekong Basin countries -- Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Viet Nam -- and the U.S. Secretary of State met in Bali, Indonesia for the 4th Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI) Ministerial Meeting. The five participants emphasized the value of the LMI in addressing regional challenges, particularly in the areas of education, environment, health, and infrastructure.
  • International Visitors Program, July 2010: The Department of State is supporting an upcoming visit by an eight person delegation of government officials, nonprofit leaders and academics from Southeast Asia. The group will be traveling to the United States under the auspices of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to undertake a three-week study project focusing on various aspects of water resource management. 

  • ASEAN Ministerial Meeting, July 19-23, 2010: We looked forward to the 43rd Asian Regional Forum to be held in Hanoi, Vietnam.

  • The U.S.-Mekong Forum on “Rural Internet Connectivity, Education & Development,” Fall 2010: The Forum will share best practices on expanding internet availability into poor, rural areas in order to link them more closely to the rest of the world, improve access to information, and improve education at low cost. It will bring together rural development experts, government officials, the private sector, civil society, and donors to promote access to the internet as a development tool.


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