Mekong Institute

International Cooperation

Mekong Institute (MI) works with a wide range of partners in all of its fields of competence. Partnerships are a key enabler for meeting regional challenges and generating sustainable change and long-lasting impact. By joining efforts with its partners, MI can leverage resources, expertise, and competencies to promote all the GMS ideals and values, to achieve common development goals, and to strengthen visibility and impact of its action. Currently, MI has two categories of partners:

Asian Development Bank (ADB)
China Southern Power Grid Co.,Ltd/ Yunnan Power Grid Co.,Ltd (CSG/YNPG)
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
Energy Policy and Planning Office, Ministry of Energy, Thailand (EPPO)
European Union (EU)
Food and Agriculture Organization(FAO)
International Development Research Center (IDRC)
International Institute for Trade and Development (ITD)
Israel's Agency for International Development Cooperation (MASHAV)
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Korea (ROK)
Neighbouring Countries Economic Development Cooperation Agency (NEDA)
New Zealand Aid Programme (NZAP)
Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)
Thailand International Cooperation Agency (TICA)
The Government of Japan
The Government of P.R. China /Yunnan Provincial Government
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
United Nations Economic and Social Committee for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP)

Asia-Pacific Research and Training Network (ARTNeT)
Betagro Group
China Southern Power Grid Co., Ltd. (CSG)/ Yunnan Power Grid Co., Ltd. (YNPG)
College of Arts, Media and Technology (CAMT) of Chiang Mai University (CMU)
Department of Commerce of Yunnan Province
Department of Transport of Yunnan Province
Economic Research Institute for Trade (ERIT), Ministry of Industry and Commerce, Lao PDR
GIZ Programs in Cambodia and Lao PDR
GMS Business Forum
Hue Tourism College, Vietnam
International Business School, University of Finance and Economics, Yunnan
Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT)
International Institute for Trade and Development (ITD)
Keio University Graduate School of Media and Governance
Khon Kaen University
Mekong Migration Network
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of France
Nakhon Phanom University, Thailand
National and Provincial Chambers of Commerce and Industries of GMS Countries
Nikkei Business Publications, Inc.
Provincial People’s Committee or Quang Tri
Sasin Japan Center of Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration of Chulalongkorn University
Souphanouvong University (SU)
Sripatum University (SPU)
The International College of National Institute of Development Administration (ICO NIDA)
The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization
Trade Training and Research Institute (TTRI), Ministry of Commerce of Cambodia
Transportation Institute, Chulalongkorn University
Union of Myanmar Federation of Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Vietnam Tourism Research Institute
Yunnan Academy of Biodiversity/ Southwest Forestry University

Brief Introduction

Mekong Institute (MI) is an intergovernmental organization (IGO) founded by the six member countries of the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS), namely Cambodia, P.R. China (Yunnan Province and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region), Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. It provides, implements and facilitates integrated human resource development (HRD), capacity building programs and development projects related to regional cooperation and integration.

Currently, Dr. Watcharas Leelawath is the Executive Director of Mekong Institute (MI).


1. Greater Mekong Sub-region Development Strategy and Regional Economy
2. Rural Economy
3. Food Safety
4. SMEs development
5. Trade facilitation
6. Cross-Border Trade
7. Value Chains
8. Renewable Energy
9. Labor 10. Environmental sustainability