On December 4, 2023, the Workshop on Integrated Sustainable Development of Quality of Life Based on Sufficiency Economy Philosophy (SEP) under the Lancang Mekong Cooperation Framework, hosted by the Community Development Department of the Ministry of the Interior of Thailand with the assistance of the International Poverty Reduction Center in China (IPRCC), opened in Lincang City, Yunnan Province. Jie Ping, Deputy Director General of IPRCC, attended the opening ceremony and delivered a keynote speech. Yang Yu, Deputy Secretary of the Lincang Municipal Party Committee and Director General of the Municipal Party Committee's Publicity Department, as well as Witoon Naulnukool, the head of the workshop delegation and Deputy Director General of the Community Development Department of the Ministry of the Interior of Thailand, attended the opening ceremony and delivered remarks respectively. Fan Gang, Deputy Director General of Yunnan Provincial Rural Revitalization Bureau, presided over the opening ceremony.
This workshop and field visit activity was attended by 26 government officials and community development workers from 5 Lancang Mekong countries, including Cambodia, China, Laos, Myanmar, and Thailand. During the 7-day exchange and study tour, the participants will delve into the grassroots practices of rural revitalization, industrial development, rural tourism, and people's income increasing in Linxiang District and Fengqing County of Lincang City. They will also have face-to-face exchanges and discussions with local officials and masses, fully understanding China's policy measures and practical experience in targeted poverty alleviation and rural revitalization.
This workshop is supported by China’s Lancang-Mekong Cooperation Special Fund (hereinafter abbreviated as the Fund) applied for by the Ministry of the Interior of Thailand. The Fund was proposed by the Chinese government at the first Lancang-Mekong Cooperation Leaders’ Meeting in March 2016, mainly to support small and medium-sized cooperation projects in countries along the Lancang and Mekong rivers. The establishment of the Fund is an important measure to build a community with a shared future for Lancang Mekong countries. As of July this year, the Lancang Mekong Cooperation Special Fund has supported the implementation of 779 projects in 6 Lancang Mekong countries, bringing tangible benefits to the people of these countries.