South Korea backs Thai-led Mekong strategy

South Korea is urging Thailand to spearhead the Ayeyawady-Chao Phraya-Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy (Acmecs) for sustainable water management, after President Moon Jae-in met with Asean leaders last month in Busan under Thailand’s year-long chairmanship.

Thailand co-chaired the 2019 Asean-Republic of Korea Commemorative Summit and the first Mekong-ROK Summit from Nov 25-27.

In an exclusive interview with the Bangkok Post, Suh Jeong-in, executive director of the 2019 Asean-ROK Commemorative Summit Preparatory Office, encouraged Thailand to take the lead in Acmecs, which was initiated by former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra in 2003.

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Thana Boonlert