On August 9, 2014, Secretary John Kerry and the Foreign Ministers of the Lower Mekong partner countries launched the LMI Eminent and Expert Persons Group at the LMI Ministerial Meeting. Director of the Southeast Asia Program at Stimson, Dr. Richard Cronin, was selected as one of two representatives for the United States. As a first priority, the Ministers tasked the group with finding concrete ways to promote a sustainable future for the Mekong River Basin in the context of environmental sustainability and water, energy, and food security.
The inaugural meeting of the EEPG will be held on the sidelines of the LMI Regional Working Group meeting in December 2014 in Myanmar. The EEPG will provide their recommendations to the LMI Senior Officials Meeting in 2015.
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