3+5 Cooperation Framework

lmcchina, December 14, 2017

LMC has put in place a multi-faceted and wide-ranging cooperation framework including leaders' meeting, foreign ministers' meeting, senior officials' meeting (SOM), and working group meetings (WGMs) in various fields, and established a "3+5 cooperation framework". Up till now, LMC has held altogether one leaders' meeting, two foreign ministers' meetings, five senior officials' meetings and six diplomatic working group meetings. Joint working groups for all priority areas have been set up and put into operation. Diplomatic departments of the six countries have established LMC national secretariats or coordination units. The Lancang-Mekong Water Resources Cooperation Center and LMC Center on Environmental Cooperation have also been established.

Over the past year, LMC have developed the framework and adopted the concept paper for cooperation. LMC have identified the three cooperation pillars of political and security issues, economic and sustainable development, and social, cultural and people-to-people exchanges as well as the five key priority areas, namely, connectivity, production capacity, cross-border economic cooperation, water resources, agriculture and poverty reduction, and implemented many projects beneficial to our people. These efforts have laid a solid foundation for all-round and long-term cooperation among LMC countries.