Vietnam-Laos-Cambodia commit to green growth

(VOV) - An October 29 international scientific seminar in the Lao province of Khammouane has discussed green growth and its pursuit by nations of the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS).

Addressing the opening ceremony, Lao National Academy of Social Sciences Representative Dr Thongxalit Manomek thanked attendees and stressed the importance of green growth to GMS nations.

Dr Thongxalit Manomek said Cambodia, Vietnam, and the Republic of Korea (RoK) all have varying degrees of green growth experience. The seminar is intended to combine this valuable knowledge into a common base, helping nations learn from each other. Laos is especially eager to add to its sustainable economic development understanding.

Korean Environment Institute President Byung Wook Lee expressed personal delight at meeting scientists from the three nations, reminiscing about the first seminar of its kind hosted by Da Nang in 2011.

The seminar recommitted the efforts of concerned parties to building a sustainable and green GMS in a global context where the challenges of poverty, unemployment, and climate change loom large

He said the seminar focused on discussing food, water resource, and energy interdependence, and how it relates to any future green and sustainable GMS.

Scientists also analysed recent attempts at promoting green economic growth, considered strategies for sustainable GMS green growth, and assessed the environmental impacts of socio-economic development and agriculture.

Experts emphasised the indispensability of clean industry, green technology application, and clean energy development.