On November 1, 2001, the Council had approved the Procedures for Data and Information Exchange and Sharing (PDIES) that established the MRC-IS to receive, enter into datasets, store and make accessible data and information for the MRC. In July 2002 at its 16th Meeting, the Joint Committee adopted the Guidelines on Custodianship and Management of the MRC-IS under the PDIES.
The PDIES sets out three objectives to operationalize the data and information exchange among the 4 member countries, make available basic data and information for public access as determined by the NMCs concerned, and promote understanding and cooperation among MRC member countries, according to specific principles of efficient, equitable, reciprocal, cost effective, relevant, timely and accurate, amongst others. Most importantly, the PDIES identifies the 12 major groups/types of data and information to be gathered and shared with the MRC-IS. In order to provide data and information services to the MRC, its member countries, and projects and programmes, the MRC-Information System (hereinafter referred to as the MRC-IS) is being established. The MRC-IS is a structured communication and management system for data and information. Its ultimate goal is to support the activities (planning, development, decision making, and monitoring) in the framework of the Mekong Agreement.
The 12 Major Groups/types of data and information required for implementation of the MRC program/activities and Mekong Agreement, inter alia:
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