The Summit will be held one day after a number of preparatory meetings. On 3rd April 2014, a Preparatory Meeting of the MRC Joint Committee will be held with the participation of the members of the MRC Joint Committee. In parallel, a Development Partners Harmonisation Meeting will take place with the participation of representatives from the MRC Development Partners.
On 4th April 2014, a Preparatory Meeting of the MRC Council will be held with the participation of the members of the MRC Council. At the same time, if required, a continued Session of the Development Partners Harmonisation will be convened with the participation of representatives from the Development Partners.
Before the Summit there will also be a two-day International Conference. Below are the dates for both the pre-summit International Conference and the Second MRC Summit.
|2-3 April 2014||International conference|
Preparatory meetings for the Summit
|3 April 2014|
|17:00 - 19.00||A Preparatory Meeting of the MRC Joint Committee for the Second MRC Summit (closed meeting)|
|4 April 2014|
|8.30 - 17.00||Development Partners Hamonisation Session|
|08:30 - 17.00||
Preparatory Meeting of the MRC Council for the Second MRC
The 2nd MRC Summit
|5 April 2014|
|09:00 - 10:00||Registration for the Summit|
|09:30 - 10.15||Heads of MRC Governments’ Retreat (closed meeting)|
|10:15 - 10:30||Coffee Break|
|10:30||The Second MRC Summit (Open to registered members of the media)
Venue: Lotus Ball Room on the 1st floor
|10:30 - 10:45||Opening Ceremony|
|10:45 - 11:00||Opening statement by H.E. Mr. Nguyen Tan Dung, Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam|
|11:00 - 11:10||Statement by Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia|
|11:10 - 11:20||Statement by H.E. Mr. Thongsing Thammavong, Prime Minister of Lao PDR|
|11:20 - 11:30||Statement by H.E. Mr. Surapong Tovichakchaikul, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand|
|11:30 - 11:40||Statement by Delegation of People Republic of China|
|11:40 - 11:50||Statement by Delegation of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar|
|11:50 - 12:00||Statement by Development Partners|
|12:00 - 12:10||“Ho Chi Minh City” Declaration presented by H.E. Mr. Nguyen Tan Dung, Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam|
|12:10 - 12:20||Adoption of the “Ho Chi Minh City” Declaration|
|12:20 - 12:30||Celebration for the Future of the MRC|
|12:30 - 12:50||Photo Session|
|13:00 - 13:30||Press Conference by H.E. Mr. Nguyen Tan Dung, Prime Minister of THE Socialist Republic of Viet Nam at Sunflower Ball Room|
BACKGROUND ON MRC SUMMIT
In 2010 the Mekong River Commission held an MRC Summit for the first time in response to the accelerating water and related resources development in the Mekong Basin. It was the first meeting of the MRC’s highest political level. The Summit was held on April 5th which marked the date when the four countries, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam signed the Mekong Agreement in 1995 and became Member Countries of the MRC. The Second Summit is held on the same date.
At the first MRC Summit, the Heads of Governments issued the Hua Hin Declaration acknowledging key achievements since 1995 and agreeing on a number of priority areas of action for the MRC.
Priority areas of action:
Since then, the MRC has implemented the Hua Hin Declaration to address the priorities with a number of achievements including:
At the second MRC Summit, the Heads of Governments of the four MRC Member Countries will follow up on progress of the implementation of the Hua Hin declaration and evaluate preparations to realise Member Country’s commitment to a vision for the MRC to be financially sustained through the process of the Core River Basin Management Functions decentralisation.
The Heads of Governments will discuss topics pertaining to current development of the Mekong River Basin and set strategic direction and policy for MRC to overcome those challenges through regional cooperation.
2-5 April 2014
141 Nguyen Hue Boulevard, District 1 - Dong Khoi / Nguyen Hue, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Representatives of MRC Member Countries at the senior level, members of MRC Programmes, senior officials of MRC's Dialogue Partners, representatives of the donor community, delegates from international governmental and non-governmental organizations and other River Basin Organizations as well as academia. Overall, 250 to 300 participants are expected.