China will host the 8th Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Summit in 2024, after Cambodia successfully hosted the 7th GMS Summit even though it was organised virtually.

Addressing to the closing ceremony of the 7th GMS Summit this morning, Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, said it has been his great honour and pleasure to host this landmark event.

“I trust that you will agree with me that despite the constraints of the current situation and of a virtual meeting, the Summit has been a highly successful one as expected,” he said.

“Again, I express my heartfelt thanks to all of you for your participation and significant contributions. I wish all of you good health. We will meet again at the Eighth GMS Summit to be held in the People’s Republic of China in 2024,” he added.

The summit is an opportunity to examine how global trends are affecting the subregion, the progress that has been made in cooperation and integration, and the best strategy for moving forward in the years ahead.

Organised every three years, the GMS Summit was first held on Nov. 3, 2002 in Phnom Penh, while the 6th Summit took place in Hanoi on Mar. 31, 2018. This is the second time that Cambodia hosts the summit.

The GMS is comprised of six nations that share the Mekong River, including Cambodia, China (specifically Yunnan province and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region), Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press

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