The United States Agency for International Development’s Mekong-Building Climate Resilient Asian Cities program is working to address the effects of climate change in four medium-sized cities in Thailand and Vietnam, two countries that are experiencing rapid urbanization and population growth.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and WaterLinks are implementing a two-year public-private partnership initiative, which will end in April 2015, to ensure the sustainability of the WaterLinks non-profit organization to expand access to safe water supplies and sustainable sanitation services in Southeast and South Asia.
Programs that assist developing nations to improve their agricultural sectors and food security are a key way to reduce extreme poverty. The new USAID Regional Development Mission for Asia “Agricultural Learning Exchange for Asian Regional Networking” project focuses on establishing learning exchanges of innovative farming practices and technologies among countries in the Asia region – namely, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Nepal, India, and Thailand.
Laos’ growing regional importance is a reflection of its location — bordering China, Burma, Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand — its membership in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), its 2013 accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO), and its position on the Mekong River, the lifeblood of mainland Southeast Asia. As Laos transitions to open and free markets, the United States is helping to improve economic policy in Laos and increase the country’s capacity to fully integrate within the global economy.
Building on nearly 180 years of bilateral relations and 60 years as security allies, the United States and Thailand continue to strengthen their alliance. As a key U.S. security ally in Asia, the country's stability and growth are important to the maintenance of peace in the region.
Last updated: March 06, 2014