11 January 2019
Mekong-Japan Exchange Year 2019 was designated under Mekong-Japan cooperation program for the development of social and economic sectors in Mekong region countries.
Mekong-Japan cooperation pro- gram was started in 2007 with participating member countries Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Viet Nam and Japan.
The aim of Mekong-Japan Exchange Year is to strengthen friendship between Japan and Mekong countries, exchange economic and culture and to in- crease travel sector works.
It was agreed at the 10th Mekong-Japan Summit meeting held in 2018 October to designate 2019 as Mekong-Japan Exchange Year to increase the friendship and cooperation between Japan and Mekong countries.