THREE projects were signed under the framework of the “Shenzhen x Lancang-Mekong” Initiative, which was launched by the Shenzhen Foundation for International Exchange and Cooperation (SFIEC) yesterday to promote public welfare and economic development in the Lancang-Mekong River region.
The Lancang-Mekong Cooperation (LMC) mechanism was proposed by Premier Li Keqiang in November 2014 when he attended the 17th China-ASEAN leaders’ meeting. The LMC framework was officially launched in November 2015 when the first LMC foreign ministers’ meeting was held in Jinghong, Yunnan Province.
The LMC is the first sub-region cooperation aiming to promote closer geographical, social and cultural ties among the six countries along the Lancang-Mekong River, namely China, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed by SFIEC, the Shenzhen University “Belt and Road” International Cooperation and Development Research Institute, BGI and Yu Pang-lin Foundation during a gala held by SFIEC yesterday to roll out three projects in the Lancang-Mekong River region.
One project will set up an experience-sharing system based on the development of the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone. The other two projects will provide genetic screening for thalassaemia and deafness and offer free diagnosis and treatment for cataract patients.
Sun Sothiarat, charge d’affaires of the Consulate General of Royal Cambodia in Guangzhou, said LMC has produced fruitful results in a very short time, which demonstrates the strong commitment of the six countries toward further cooperation.
“We came a long way in such a short time. I believe we have been able to come this far because of a strong sense of urgency, and a spirit of inclusiveness in our collaborative and consensus-driven attitude,” he said. “In this regard, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank China for its leading role and active contributions in this initiative.”
CityPlus, an information-sharing network aimed at promoting exchange and cooperation between global cities, was launched during the gala yesterday.
Han Wangxi, director of the Information Office of the Shenzhen Municipal Government, said cities across the globe can share information online and carry out exchange events offline via the CityPlus platform.
“We hope that the CityPlus platform deepens the exchanges and cooperation between Shenzhen and other cities and promotes the sharing of information and resources among global cities in the fields of trade, technology, culture and education,” Han said.
Lang Lang, a widely known Chinese concert pianist, also attended the gala and performed for the guests yesterday.
As the Shenzhen Goodwill Ambassador and honorary president of SFIEC, Lang said he will spare no effort in continuing to promote Shenzhen’s international profile. “I will tell Shenzhen’s story with the universal language of music, and help Shenzhen reach out to the world,” he said.