Youth of Mekong Sub-region countries tighten friendship and solidarity

Friday, 2014-12-26 16:55:21
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Delegates from Laos and Vietnam.
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NDO - Nine young outstanding delegates of Vietnam actively participated in the 10th Great Mekong Sub-region (GMS) Youth Friendship Programme, held in Bangkok, Thailand and Nanning, China from December 16 to 25.

Co-hosted by the Office of Promotion and Protection of Children, Youth, the Elderly and Vulnerable Groups and the All-China Youth Federation, this year's programme aimed to strengthen friendship and mutual understanding among young people from the GMS countries, as well as extend their experience and knowledge in various fields, and create a regional youth community.

During the programme, 66 delegates from Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and China discussed the main issues facing youth in GMS countries and proposed their solutions for promoting co-operation for the region's sustainable development in the future.

The delegates also discussed in groups, various issues related to environmental protection on the Mekong River, energy security, traditional culture preservation and the promotion of young people's role in sustainable development.

In Thailand, the young delegates were provided with the opportunity to meet with officials, and attend workshops with Thai students at Chandrakasem Rajabhat University, and field trips to important places in the Land of Smiles such as the Arts of Kingdom, the Emerald Buddha Temple, the Asiatique the Riverfront, the Rattanakosin Exhibition Hall, and the Ecotourism attractions in Samut Songkhram province.

In Nanning, China, the delegates also visited a number of educational, socio-economic and technological establishments of the city such as Guangxi Planning Gallery, Nanning Hi-tech Industrial Park, Guangxi University Graduates Entrepreneurship Base, Huangshi Dairy Group, Guangxi University of Nationalities, Guangxi Unicom, and China Guangxi International Youth Exchange Institute.

The young delegates had a chance to experience the daily life of local people in Xinzhu Community, Nanning city.

“The exchange programme provided me with many opportunities to exchange and share learning and working experience”, said Tran Dang Khoa, a Vietnamese delegate who is now working at the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam.

Meanwhile, Lao delegate Boualakhone Xaiyavong added that the programme helped her establish a large friendship network with many young people from the six GMS countries, in order to learn more about issues facing the young people nowadays, as well as contribute to strengthening friendship and solidarity among young people in the region.

Established in 1992 under the initiative of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the GMS co-operation programme consists of Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar and China’s Yunnan and Guangxi provinces.

Over the last 22 years, the programme has made significant achievements in 10 key fields: transport, energy, environment, tourism, information and communications, trade, investment, human resources development, agriculture and rural development, and urban development along economic corridors.

The programme’s long-term goal is to create favourable conditions for promoting mutually-beneficial economic co-operation among regional countries, towards turning the GMS into a rapid and prosperous growth region in Southeast Asia.

Up to now, the GMS has defined 11 co-operation priorities: telecommunications and ICT routes; economic corridors; electrical energy links; environment strategy frameworks; facilitation for trans-border trade and investment; involvement of private sectors; human resources development; water resource management and flood prevention; and tourism development.

The following are some pictures from the programme:

Delegates learn about traditional Thai dance at Chandrakasem Rajabhat University in Bangkok.

Delegates at Guangxi University of Nationalities.

An art performance by students of Guangxi University of Nationalities.

A young Vietnamese delegate has a chance to experience the daily life of local people in Xinzhu Community, Nanning City.