Burma's new prime minister, Lieutenant General Soe Win, has opened a regional conference on human trafficking in Rangoon.
General Soe Win, who became prime minister earlier this month, delivered a keynote address at Friday's meeting of ministers from six countries along the Mekong River -- Burma, China, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam.
Delegates are expected to sign a memorandum of understanding on improving regional cooperation in fighting human trafficking.
The Mekong region is plagued by poor border security, areas of dire poverty, and trafficking of women and laborers.
Information for this report is provided by AP.