Japan has laid out a plan to promote development along the Mekong River in Southeast Asia. Japan's Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Masa-yuki Naoshima outlined the action plan for joint projects with Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam when he met with his counterparts on Thursday.
The plan calls for joint efforts to improve social infrastructure in the region, like roads and bridges, with the goal of facilitating distribution. Japan has pledged financial assistance to help nurture small local enterprises, in a bid to stimulate the regional economy.
The five governments also pledged to provide around-the-clock customs clearance services. The plan was basically approved by the five countries, and will be submitted to a summit meeting scheduled for later this year.