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Holding of the 13th Mekong-Japan Ministerial Meeting

July 7, 2020

The 13th Mekong-Japan Ministerial Meeting (video teleconference) will be held on July 9, from 3:30 p.m. The meeting will be co-chaired by Mr. MOTEGI Toshimitsu, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, and H.E. Mr. Pham Binh Minh, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam.

1. The Mekong-Japan Ministerial Meeting has been held each year since 2008. The coming meeting will be the 13th.

2. At the coming meeting, it is planned for discussions to take place on Japan-Mekong cooperation for realizing universal health coverage as a means of preparing for the future, including in relation to infectious diseases, and on the integrated strengthening of Japan-Mekong economic relations once the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has been overcome.

[Reference 1] Japan-Mekong Cooperation
Japan and the Mekong countries are working together towards the three goals of (1) Realization of the SDGs (PDF)Open a New Window, (2) Realization of a Free and Open Indo-Pacific (PDF)Open a New Window, and (3) Coordination with the Ayeyawady – Chao Phraya – Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy (ACMECS) (PDF)Open a New Window, based on the three pillars (1. Vibrant and Effective Connectivity, 2. People-Centered Society, 3. Realization of a Green Mekong) of the Tokyo Strategy 2018 for Mekong-Japan Cooperation (PDF)Open a New Window, which was adopted at the Mekong-Japan Summit Meeting held in Tokyo in 2018.

[Reference 2] Participating Countries
Japan (Co-Chair), Viet Nam (Co-Chair), Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand

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