Greater Mekong Sub-region

Under the Asian Development Bank’s initiative, in 1992 the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) Economic Cooperation program was established.


 It was established in 2003 (Vietnam joined the group in 2004 through the 2004 Protocol to the Bagan Declaration on the Admission of VN to ACMECS)


The Mekong countries (including Cambodia, Lao PDR, Mynamar, Thailand and Vietnam) and Japan launched their cooperation in 2007 through the “Mekong-Japan Partnership Program” laying down goals, priority areas and new initiatives for deepening partnership between Mekong Region and Japan. 


 The Mekong-ROK Cooperation​​ was established under the Foreign Ministers’ Meeting of ROK and Mekong Countries in Seoul, Republic of Korea in 2011. 


The Mekong_Lancang Cooperation (MLC) was proposed by the Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in Nov 2014 at the 17th China-ASEAN Leaders’ Meeting.