The Mekong Institute (MI) is an Intergovernmental Organization (IGO) which provides, implements, and facilitates integrated human resource development (HRD) and capacity building programs and development projects related to regional cooperation and integration issues in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS).
MI is the only GMS-based HRD and capacity building institute owned and operated by the six GMS governments; Cambodia, Lao P.D.R, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and Yunnan Province and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region of PR China.
Supported, and run by talented GMS natives and supported by a host of international academics, subject-matter experts, and consultants, MI works with and through various local government authorities, development partners, and local organizations to deliver and implement standardized and customized learning programs, workshops, seminars, policy consultation, research and development projects.
MIs programs and activities focus on three main thematic areas; 1) rural development and livelihoods, 2) trade and investment facilitation and 3) human migration and care. Good governance, gender, and regional cooperation are present throughout as cross-cutting themes.
The organizations current goals and strategies support the GMS Cooperation Program and the formation of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) 2015, emphasizing enhanced physical connectivity in the GMS economic corridors and the realization of the GMS/AEC targets of a single market and production base, equitable growth, and sustainable resource management.