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February 25 East-West Center Virtual Seminar: Release of the Indo-Pacific Conference on Strengthening Governance of Transboundary Rivers Report
Please join the East-West Center for the release of the Report from the Indo-Pacific Conference on Strengthening Governance of Transboundary Rivers. This webinar will feature discussion with U.S. government officials on the report, which details the findings of the October 2020 Conference that convened partners and stakeholders from across the Indo-Pacific region to share best practices and lessons learned related to the cooperative development and management of transboundary rivers. The engaging and constructive discussion with leading experts, institutions, and opinion leaders drew lessons from experiences of other partners beyond the Indo-Pacific, including from the European Union, to address rising environmental, economic, development, and political challenges in the Mekong River Basin.

Speakers include: H.E. Atul Keshap, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, U.S. Department of State; Representative Col. Ted W. Lieu (CA-33),
Member, Committee on Foreign Affairs,
United States House of Representatives; H.E. Ha Kim Ngoc, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam to the United States of America,
Embassy of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam; H.E. Sounry Chum, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of Cambodia to the United States of America, The Royal Embassy of Cambodia; and H.E. Manasvi Srisodapol, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of Thailand to the United States of America, The Royal Thai Embassy.

This seminar will be on-the-record and recorded on both Zoom and YouTube.

Feb 25, 2021 08:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Speakers

H.E. Atul Keshap
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs @U.S. Department of State
Ambassador Atul Keshap is a career senior Foreign Service Officer currently serving as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs. Across his 25 year career as an American diplomat, Ambassador Keshap has served at postings in India, Morocco, and Guinea, and as United States Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives. He has served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia, as U.S. Senior Official for Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation, and as an Office Director in the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs and in the Bureau of International Organization Affairs. Ambassador Keshap has negotiated or advanced bilateral and multilateral initiatives at senior levels with counterparts from the European Union, United Nations, Japan, United Kingdom, France, India, Canada, Australia, Taiwan, Mexico, Russia, China, Indonesia, Egypt, Morocco, and several other countries in Africa, the Arab world, Asia, Europe, and Latin America.
Representative Ted W. Lieu (CA-33)
Member, Committee on Foreign Affairs @United States House of Representatives
Ted W. Lieu represents California’s 33rd Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives. Ted is serving in his third term in Congress and currently sits on the House Judiciary Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee. He was also elected by his Democratic Colleagues to serve as a Co-Chair of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee. Ted is a former active duty officer in the U.S. Air Force and currently serves as a Colonel in the Reserves, stationed at Los Angeles Air Force Base. In Congress, Ted has established himself as a leader on the environment; cybersecurity; civil liberties; government ethics and veterans. Ted has been a leader in Congress against ethnic and racial profiling, and discrimination against the LGBT community. He serves as Whip of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, Vice Chair of the LGBT Equality Caucus, and Co-Chair of the Cloud Computing Caucus.
H.E. Ha Kim Ngoc
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam to the United States of America @Embassy of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam
Ambassador Ha Kim Ngoc was born in 1963. He has served in the diplomatic service since 1988 in different positions and has much experience in bilateral and multilateral diplomacy. He was appointed by President Tran Dai Quang as the sixth Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam to the United States of America in March 2018. He arrived in Washington, D.C. on July 15, 2018 and presented his Credentials to President Donald J. Trump on September 17, 2018. From May 2013 to July 2018, Ambassador Ha Kim Ngoc served as Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) in charge of relations with countries in the Americas, especially the United States as well as with the United Nations and other international organizations. From 2011 to 2013, Ambassador Ha Kim Ngoc held the position of Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs, Director General of Department of Americas, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.