Mekong countries, US discuss energy and infrastructure cooperation

(VOVWORLD) - More than 130 representatives from government agencies, universities, and social organizations of Mekong countries and the US attended a virtual opening ceremony of the Mekong-US Partnership Track 1.5 Policy Dialogue on Tuesday. 

US Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Kritenbrink said that the US will continue to coordinate with Mekong nations and other partners to implement agreed plans and projects. The US will coordinate with Japan to provide technical support for the development of renewable energy and cross-border electricity trade, and to improve energy markets, promote a pilot project to build an energy storage system in Vietnam, and another project on electric vehicle development in Thailand.

It will also support sharing of information on environmental impacts, setting high standards for infrastructure projects, and optimizing transportation and cross-border trade activities, according to Kritenbrink.

Vietnamese Ambassador to the US Ha Kim Ngoc said energy and infrastructure are always a high priority in cooperation among Mekong countries. He expected there will be high-quality US projects implemented in the Mekong sub-region.

The Dialogue is the second in a series of Mekong-US Partnership Track 1.5 Policy Dialogue conferences slated for 2021-2023.

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