11th Mekong-Ganga Cooperation Meeting

  • India is seeking a multi-dimensional engagement with the Mekong region considering its great importance, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar told to the leaders of Mekong-Ganga Cooperation (MGC). In an address at the 11th Mekong-Ganga Cooperation (MGC) meeting, Mr. Jaishankar also called for a “collective and collaborative” response to effectively deal with coronavirus pandemic, saying the virus does not respect national boundaries.
  • The MGC initiative comprising six countries — India, Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam — was launched in 2000 to boost cooperation in a range of areas including connectivity, tourism and culture. The organization takes its name from the Ganga and the Mekong, two large rivers in the region.
  • The external affairs minister also said that the Mekong Ganga Cooperation stands on a strong foundation of shared geographical, historical and civilizational ties among the six countries.
  • Referring to the coronavirus crisis, the minister said there was a need to find ways on how the MGC partnership can lend its strength to the fight against the pandemic.
  • “This oldest sub-regional cooperation is as much a celebration of our long and rich history of trade, cultural and people-to-people exchanges as it is a vehicle to advance modern day cooperation to bring progress and prosperity to our people,” he said.