On April 7, 2023, Mekong Institute (MI) organized an inception workshop to kick start the implementation of the project on “Capacity Building on Regional Project Design, Implementation, Monitoring & Evaluation of MKCF Projects” by providing stakeholders with the project rationale, expected outcome and activities, and seeking their cooperation. Over 80 participants made up of representatives from Mekong countries and the Republic of Korea (ROK), project implementing agencies (PIA) and the Mekong-Republic of Korea Cooperation Fund (MKCF) management team at MI attended the online workshop.
Mr. Suriyan Vichitlekarn, Executive Director of MI, underscored the shared ambition of MI and the MKCF in accelerating socioeconomic development, alleviating poverty, and fostering regional cooperation in the Mekong region. Explaining the fund’s requirements, he said: “The fund provides a grant for projects that are regional in nature or provide benefits to more than one country in the Mekong region.” He added that MI is proud to implement this regional project in addition to already assuming the role of the MKCF coordinator.
Articulating the commitment from the ROK, Ms. Kyung-hwa Chung, Director of Southeast Asia Division II, ROK’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, stated: “Over the last decade, the relations between ROK and the five Mekong countries have been strengthened, resulting in robust ties. Through the MKCF, we look forward to working closely to spearhead sustainable development of the region.” She added that monitoring of the MKCF projects is timely and crucial to ensure effective project implementation, maximize impacts as well as improve the overall fund management.