26 September, 2020

The Mekong-6 Axis

The Mekong river flows far from India. But Cambodia's First Prime Minister, Prince Norodom Ranariddh—who visited India in January—feels India and the Mekong region share a common culture and ancient links that must be developed.

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The Mekong-6 Axis
You have suggested that India could integrate with the Mekong-6. How will this happen?

First, we have to set up the core Mekong-6. Since my recent trip to the World Economic Forum in Davos, I have proposed to Myanmar, Vietnam and other Mekong countries, to allow us to have a meeting aimed at setting up a permanent secretariat. Secondly, after this we have to examine in which fields we can join hands, infrastructure for instance. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is helping us a lot in this area. They call it the North-South, West-East transport infrastructure system, being planned to run across the Mekong countries. I have also launched the idea of creating a new airline, called the Mekong-6 airline. We will have an open-skies policy among the six countries. After that, we will look at linking with India.

What steps have been taken so far?

I have already officially invited various Indian chambers of commerce and industrial federations to come to Cambodia and see with their own eyes the prospects here, and what we can do together to invest...



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