The Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI) (http://www.state.gov/p/eap/mekong/) was created by the U.S. Department of State and the Foreign Ministers of the Lower Mekong Countries – Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam in 2009.  The Ministers agreed to enhance cooperation in the areas of environment, health, education, and infrastructure development. Burma formally joined the initiative in July 2012.  The LMI’s mission is to enhance cooperation in the areas of environment, health, education, and infrastructure development.

One challenge faced by the LMI is to move the issue of “Mekong Sustainability” from an abstract discussion to practical steps the region can take to meet development goals while strengthening sustainability. To accomplish this, the U.S. Commercial Service is working with the State Department to organize various Best Practice Exchanges (BPEs) programs to help translate talk into action in key industries: Aviation, Energy, Healthcare and Transportation Infrastructure.

During these workshops, participants have an opportunity to hear directly from LMI officials on the opportunities, gaps and challenges in their respective markets.  In addition, select U.S. companies will have an opportunity to present relevant business case studies to LMI officials in attendance reflecting suggestions on best practices for executing projects in their country.  

Topics of discussion include, but are not limited to:

  • Creating and evaluating the business case
  • Lifecycle costing when implementing future projects
  • Enhancing local employment opportunities through projects
  • Implementing an effective PPP financing model

How to Participate: 
Please contact Mr. Ryan Hollowell, Regional Commercial Officer at Ryan.Hollowell@trade.gov to express your interest in attending our upcoming workshops.


  Notice to Visitors!


  The link you have chosen will take you to a non-U.S. Government website.

  If the page does not appear in 5 seconds, please click this: outside web site

  Export.gov is managed by the International Trade Administration and external links are covered by its website  disclaimer statement.


  Notice to Visitors!


  The link you have chosen will take you to a non-U.S. Government website.

  If the page does not appear in 5 seconds, please click this: outside web site

  BuyUSA.gov is managed by the International Trade Administration and external links are covered by its website disclaimer statement.