MDRI – 5-year anniversary speech

The speech at the MDRI 5th Anniversary Ceremony delivered by Dr. Phung Duc Tung, President of Mekong Development Research Institute.

Dear MDRI Partners, colleagues, and friends,

On April 17, 2013, with the support of Mr. Dang Kim Son and other senior researchers, Cuong, my six colleagues and I gave birth to MDRI.

Five years have gone by so fast, but not as fast as how the changes have taken place at MDRI. Over the past five years, MDRI has undergone a great deal of fluctuations: changes in personnel and in development direction. We have been involved in a large number of large-scale researches and projects, many of which are not in our field ofstrength and posegreat challenges for a young research institute. However, MDRI has overcome the upheavals while still upholding the core values of responsibility and honesty and maintaining a creative, dynamic, friendly and open environment.