With commerce, culture and connectivity driving India-ASEAN relations, Vice President Hamid Ansari signed two Memorandums of Understanding on tourism and on the Mekong-Ganga Cooperation Initiative with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen in Phnom Penh.
The Mekong-Ganga MoU related to five “quick impact projects”
- $50,000 grant to Cambodia for the upgradation of an Entrepreneurship Development Centre
- Two in healthcare, especially to do with malaria
- One on agriculture and
- One on women’s empowerment
The tourism MoU was aimed at boosting tourist movement between the two countries.
About Mekong – Ganga Cooperation
- The Mekong-Ganga Cooperation (MGC) was established in 2000 at Vientiane, Laos, at the First MGC Ministerial Meeting.
- It comprises six member countries, namely India, Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam; which are also ASEAN members states
- They emphasized four areas of cooperation, which are tourism, culture, education, and transportation linkage.
Total bilateral trade for 2013-2014 between India and Cambodia was USD 153.98 million (Indian export of USD 141.26 million and import of USD 12.72 million).
- Cambodia capital – Phnom Penh
- Cambodia currency – Cambodian riel
- Cambodia President – Hun Sen
- The Mekong-India Economic Corridor (MIEC) connects the basins of rivers the Ganga and the Brahmaputra – with the valleys and deltas of the Mekong River.