October 19, 2016
The Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI) kicked off a two-day regional working group meeting in Phnom Penh on Wednesday morning to discuss ways to enhance cooperation in the areas of environment, health, education, and infrastructure development.
LMI is a multi-national partnership between the United States and Cambodia, Burma, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam that promotes sustained economic growth in the Lower Mekong region. The LMI partnership has helped build Cambodia’s capacity to address water management, support entrepreneurship, and tackle trans-national health issues
“The LMI was launched in 2009 to help countries in the Lower Mekong region tackle a number of complex development challenges via a multilateral approach,” said Ambassador Heidt, in his welcome remarks. “The United States’ commitment to the LMI program since then is a key part of the U.S. rebalance to Asia and our support for a strong and integrated ASEAN.”
LMI supports development in six “pillars”: agriculture/food security, connectivity, education, energy security, environment/water, and health.