What’s New in the Greater Mekong Subregion
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   What’s New in the Greater Mekong Subregion
   October 2021

Greater Mekong Subregion Economic Cooperation Program Strategic Framework 2030

The Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Economic Cooperation Program Strategic Framework 2030 (GMS-2030) builds upon the GMS Program’s strengths that center on connectivity and a project-led approach to development. It provides a framework for member countries to act collectively in its response to seven long-term, powerful local trends: (i) risk of pandemics; (ii) weaker global growth and the threat to free trade; (iii) persistent pockets of poverty and increasing in-country inequality; (iv) severe environmental challenges and threats from climate change, disaster events, and pollution; (v) technological change and digitalization; (vi) evolving demographics; and (vii) rapid urbanization. This feature summarizes the key priorities of GMS-2030. Read more. Download the publication.

GMS COVID-19 Response and Recovery Plan 2021–2023

The GMS COVID-19 Response and Recovery Plan 2021–2023 aims to coordinate the efforts of GMS countries on issues that require greater regional cooperation and integration to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic more effectively. As a supplement to national COVID-19 responses, this plan will (i) balance health, economic, environmental, and social priorities; (ii) ensure private sector involvement; (iii) engage local governments and communities; and (iv) be widely and effectively communicated. This Plan complements and supports implementation of GMS-2030. Read more. Download the publication.

GMS Program Achievements under the Ha Noi Action Plan 2018-2022

The Ha Noi Action Plan 2018–2022 reflected the GMS Program’s agenda in the last 5 years of the GMS Economic Cooperation Program Strategic Framework 2012–2022. It laid down the agenda for the medium term and guided the Regional Investment Framework in the last 5 years. This feature is based on the Report on Recent Outcomes of GMS Cooperation presented at the 7th GMS Summit of Leaders by Mr. Sok Chenda Sophea, Minister in Charge of the GMS Cooperation/ Minister attached to the Prime Minister/ Secretary General, Council for the Development of Cambodia, Royal Government of Cambodia, on 9 September 2021. Read more.

Watch: GMS: Renewed Strength to Face the Challenges of the New Decade 

Since 1992, the GMS Program has helped connect countries, enhanced nations’ competitiveness, and bring communities closer together. As it moves toward its fourth decade, the GMS Program will continue to advance the subregion’s extraordinary transformation, preparing for the dynamic challenges of tomorrow through GMS-2030, its long term strategic framework. Watch to see how the GMS Program is setting the wheels in motion for a more integrated, prosperous, sustainable, and inclusive subregion. This video was presented at the 7th GMS Summit of Leaders hosted by Cambodia ​held virtually on 9 September 2021.



18th Annual Meeting of the GMS Working Group on Agriculture 
COVID-19 Food Security Response and Recovery Actions in the GMS 
Inception Workshop for the GMS Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security Program 

GMS Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability Program Inception Workshop

Webinar on the Digital Health Solutions for COVID-19 Vaccinations in the GMS
One Health in the Greater Mekong Subregion: Where are we now and where next?

48th Meeting of the GMS Tourism Working Group
47th Meeting of the GMS Tourism Working Group



Senior Officials’ Meeting for the 12th Economic Corridors’  Forum
14 October 2021: Video Conference 

Senior Officials’ Meeting for the 12th Economic Corridors’  Forum
16 November 2021: Video Conference 

12th Economic Corridors’ Forum
22 November 2021: Video Conference

Development Partners’ Meeting
3 December 2021: Video Conference 

5th Meeting of the Urban Development Working Group
7 December 2021 (TBC): Video Conference 

GMS Working Group on Health Cooperation 4th Annual Meeting
8 December 2021 (TBC): Video Conference 

Forum on Proposed GMS Labor Migration Task Force

DownloadGMS Program Calendar of Events



ADB Boosts Climate Resilience in Health Systems of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Viet Nam

The Strengthening Resilience to Climate Change in the Health Sector, a six-year, pioneering regional technical assistance initiative in the GMS, has boosted the capacity of health systems in Cambodia, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR), and Viet Nam to respond to climate-induced health threats amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The GMS project helped the three countries adopt national health adaptation plans to address weather-related health risks, including heat and communicable diseases such as dengue, malaria, heat stress, and diarrhea. Read more.

ADB Launches Support to Help Countries in Southeast Asia Accelerate Transition to Clean Energy
Viet Nam Electricity Signs Power Purchase Agreement with Lao PDR Wind Farm 
Accelerating clean energy transition in the People’s Republic of China 
ADB Signs Green Loan to Develop 144 MW Wind Farms in Viet Nam 

Solutions Search: Meaningful Youth Engagement in ADB's Greater Mekong Subregion Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security Program 


Thailand, ADB hold First Policy Platform Meeting on COVID-19 Active Response and Expenditure Support (CARES) Program 
Empowering Women in Public Service in Lao PDR

Urban Development
Sihanoukville Province to become a Multi-purpose SEZ

Start-Ups Deliver Inclusive Tourism in the Mekong Region


ADB-supported Event Promotes Cross-border Trade between India and GMS Countries 



Developing Agriculture and Tourism for Inclusive Growth in the Lao People's Democratic Republic

This report explores potential links between the agriculture and tourism sectors that could strengthen infrastructure development and inclusive growth in the Lao People's Democratic Republic. Read more.
Plus: Agriculture and Tourism Key to Lao PDR's Sustainable and Shared Prosperity — ADB  

Cambodia Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Rural Development Sector Assessment, Strategy, and Road Map

This publication presents an assessment of Cambodia's agriculture, natural resources, and rural development sector and provides a strategy and road map for its future development. Read more.

Policy Actions for COVID-19 Economic Recovery: A Compendium of Policy Briefs

The Policy Actions for COVID-19 Economic Recovery Dialogues were held from June to September 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated around the world. They shared cutting-edge knowledge and best practices to help countries in Southeast Asia and the People’s Republic of China mitigate the devastating effects of COVID-19, strengthen cooperation, and accelerate their economic recovery. Read more.


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