President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar U Htin Kyaw delivered a speech at the World Economic Forum on the Mekong Region held at the National Convention Centre in Hanoi, Viet Nam, yesterday afternoon.
In his speech, the president highlighted the importance of the forum in building unity and diversity and said that there were prospects as well as challenges for countries in the Mekong region, where people are fundamentally interconnected for progress and survival by the Mekong River. The President pointed out the need to enhance infrastructure, human resources development, production and competitiveness in the region before expressing his hope to find ways and means to promote cooperation and interconnectedness among the regional countries. In conclusion, he called for promotion of regional economic cooperation by effectively implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
At the opening ceremony, Rick Samans, Head of the Centre for the Global Agenda, and Justin Wood, Head of Asia Pacific, delivered opening speeches before Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc made his opening address.
President U Htin Kyaw’s address was followed by speeches from Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen, Laotian Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith and Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand Somkid Jatusripitak.
Later, President U Htin Kyaw and wife visited Silk Village in Hanoi and viewed the weaving of silk and silk costumes.
In the evening, the president and wife attended a dinner hosted in honour of heads of state and government attending the 8th CLMV Summit and the 7th ACMECS Summit by the Prime Minister of Viet Nam.—Myanmar News Agency