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Thailand Is Ready to Share its Experiences on Universal Health Coverage

11 July 2020 (Readers 340)

Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai has expressed Thailands readiness to share its experiences on Universal Health Coverage (UHC) through the cross-border medical network system and implement the Mekong-Japan Initiative for SDGs towards 2030.

The Foreign Minister on 9 July 2020 attended the 13th Mekong-Japan Foreign Ministers Meeting via videoconference to discuss cooperation on response to COVID-19 and economic recovery. The meeting was co-chaired by Mr. Motegi Toshimitsu, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, and Mr. Pham Binh Minh, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam. It was also attended by Foreign Ministers from Cambodia, Lao PDR, and Myanmar.

Being the first Mekong Japan Foreign Ministers Meeting following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the meeting highlighted the importance of cooperation on public health.

On this occasion, the Thai Foreign Minister reiterated the importance of ensuring equitable access to vaccines and medicines, human resource development, and cooperation to achieve UHC. He said that Thailand is ready to enhance connectivity through quality infrastructure development, as well as keeping markets open, promoting digital economy, and establishing a mechanism to facilitate essential travels.

He also proposed the synergy and cooperation between the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific and Japan's Free and Open Indo-Pacific, as well as between Mekong-Japan Cooperation and the Ayeyawady - Chao Phraya - Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy (ACMECS), with a view to promoting peace, stability, and prosperity in the region.

The Ministers of the Mekong countries expressed condolences and sympathies for the loss of lives and damages caused by the floods and landslides in southwestern Japan. They appreciated Japan for its efforts to mitigate the impacts of the pandemic and contribution in various projects to achieve UHC in the sub-region. They also reaffirmed their commitment to strengthen public health system, foster economic relations, and move forward cooperation under Tokyo Strategy 2018 to ensure economic recovery and sustainable development in the sub-region.

The meeting adopted the Co-Chairs Statement of the 13th Mekong-Japan Ministers Meeting "Mekong-Japan Cooperation for Achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and Integral Strengthening of Economic Relations, stressing the importance of collective efforts to achieve UHC and strengthen resilience for response to future pandemics.

With a view to ensuring economic recovery, it also emphasized the importance of enhancing the resilient and sustainable supply chain, keeping the markets open, as well as creating an enabling environment for trade and investment.

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