Mekong River Project

Known officially as the Mekong River Basin Development Project, the Mekong River Project was started in 1957 by the United Nations Economic Commission for Asia and the Far East. Planned after the successful Tennessee Valley Authority of the 1930s, the Mekong River Project involved Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, and the Republic of Vietnam, but Burma and the Democratic Republic of Vietnam refused to play a part. Surveys began in 1958 under the direction of the four-nation committee, headquartered in Bangkok. By the early 1970s, the Mekong River Project had completed three dams providing for flood control and hydroelectric power.