Thailand revitalising Acmecs scheme

Thailand revitalising Acmecs scheme

Thailand is host for this week's 8th Acmes summit. (Graphic by PRD for Ministry of Foreign Affairs))
Thailand is host for this week's 8th Acmes summit. (Graphic by PRD for Ministry of Foreign Affairs))

Renewed schemes for the region's three great rivers -- under the Ayeyawady-Chao Phraya-Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy (Acmecs) -- are making a comeback after some soul-searching amid a plethora of connectivity plans. Bangkok will host the 8th Acmecs summit this Friday and Saturday.

The Acmecs is a cooperation framework aiming to reduce the economic gap and promoting development cooperation among Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam as well as improving their river-related livelihoods.

It is the only sub-regional organisation that incorporates the three rivers into one strategic scheme affecting 220 million people. It could serve as a model for South-South Cooperation as well as strengthening the community-building in Asean.

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Kavi Chongkittavorn

A veteran journalist on regional affairs

Kavi Chongkittavorn is a veteran journalist on regional affairs

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