Closing remarks by Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism
at the Lancang-Mekong Cooperation Media Summit

Your excellency___________
Your Excellency___________
Distinguished media delegates from the six Lancang-Mekong countries,
Ladies and gentlemen,

The Lancang-Mekong Cooperation Media Summit was a media forum for the exchange of views, creation of mutual understanding, and development cooperation among the six Lancang-Mekong countries. This conference, which was held in a spirit and atmosphere of amity, neighborliness and constructiveness, has come to an end with remarkable achievements.
On behalf of the host of the summit, I would like to express appreciation to the high level media delegates from the six nations who actively participated in various discussion sessions and unanimously agreed to continue to translate the results of the conference with the theme “Lancang-Mekong cooperation for a bright future” into practice. 
In this spirit, high level media delegates from the six countries have  acknowledged the importance of the media, which play a role in the enhancement of peace and stability in the region, narrowing the development gap and cooperating in the development of the Lancang-Mekong community for a shared future, based on solidarity, mutual assistance, cooperation and mutual benefit. The summit reached common understanding in various areas as follows:

  1. To actively enhance the role of the media to present news comprehensively, constructively, objectively, accurately and justly. This effort aims to align the Lancang-Mekong cooperation framework with China’s One Belt, One Road initiative as well as to boost understanding and trust within the Lancang–Mekong community.
  2. Reaffirm support to mainstream media in the region to discuss cooperation and exchange media products with different platforms, especially boosting the exchange of information and modern technology among countries in the region, and making more reciprocal visits. This aims to make cooperation more fruitful in the future.
  3.  Strongly ensure that Lancang-Mekong cooperation is being transformed into a unique regional cooperation mechanism, which is strengthened from within with support from the South-South mechanism. This will help to build the Asean community and regional integration and enhance the implementation of the United Nations’ action plan 2030 towards sustainable development.
  4. Exchange views in discussion forums on opportunities and challenges in digitalization and tourism promotion.
  5. Promote tourism in which the media will be used as means to disseminate information about tourist sites in each country. This will make a contribution to socio-economic development, people-to-people communication, and the sharing of cultures.

Ladies and gentlemen,

One behalf of the government and the host country, I would like to express appreciation to high level media delegates from the six countries who have shared their views and expressed their positions constructively, which led to the success of this summit.
Last but not least, I would like to wish all delegates happiness, good health and success in your careers and I wish you a pleasant trip back home.  At this time, I would like to officially declare that the summit has come to an end.