The Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) Communist Youth Union teamed up with the city’s Student Association to hold a meeting between local students and a youth delegation of the Mekong Friendship Project on July 7 to foster people-to-people connectivity. Lam Dinh Thang, Vice Secretary of the HCMC Communist Youth Union and President of the HCMC Student Association, spoke highly of the event as it provided a forum for students from different countries to not only exchange cultures but also to strengthen multilateral cooperation and mutual understanding. It is also expected to boost the relationship between nations in the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS). At the event, the HCMC Student Association briefed attendees on activity highlights followed by a discussion among students on the practices of student programmes in their countries. The same day, the Mekong Friendship project delegation visited several historical sites including the Nha Rong Wharf and the Ho Chi Minh Museum in the city. The Mekong Friendship Project is a short-term exchange programme launched by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand to bring together students from Vietnam, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar, noted a representative of the programme. This year’s programme, themed “Addressing Regional Challenges”, focuses on three sub-topics: human trafficking, narcotics and Siamese rosewood. Throughout the programme, participating youths will travel through all five countries with opportunities to see problems first-hand before proposing ways for their countries to address the issues.