What’s New in the Greater Mekong Subregion
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  What’s New in the Greater Mekong Subregion
  July 2022

Supporting One Health through Environmental Safeguards

This article, originally posted on Development Asia, discusses how environmental assessment for livestock value chain projects in the Greater Mekong Subregion helps avoid, minimize, and mitigate environmental, health, and safety risks. Read more.  



GMS Senior Officials’ Meeting
The GMS Senior Officials' Meeting, held on 30 June 2022, via videoconference discussed preparations for the 13th GMS Economic Corridors Forum in October and the 25th GMS Ministerial Conference (MC) in December. The meeting also provided updates on various initiatives for the GMS Ministers’ consideration and endorsement or notation at the 25th GMS MC. 

Mekong Dialogue on Labor Mobility
The Mekong Dialogue on Labor Mobility, held on 30 May 2022 via videoconference, was hosted by the Government of Cambodia. Mr. Chuop Narath, Deputy Director General of the Ministry of Labor and Vocational Training, Government of Cambodia, chaired the meeting. The dialogue discussed the promotion of safe migration, healthy labor mobility, and effective reintegration to support sustainable and inclusive development of the region. 

19th Meeting of the Working Group on Agriculture
The 19th Annual Meeting of the GMS Working Group on Agriculture (WGA-19) was held in person in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam, and via videoconference on 21–23 June 2022. It featured the theme "Adaptation of GMS Agriculture in the context of Climate Change, and the Water-Food-Energy (WFE) Nexus." The meeting highlighted how to apply the WFE Nexus, its benefits, and showcase climate smart agriculture solutions as a foundational improvement. 

GMS Consultation Workshop on CCESP Demonstrations
The GMS Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability Program (CCESP) hosted a consultation workshop in Cambodia and online to promote and generate support for the demonstration activities under the CCESP. The workshop was held on 16–17 June in person in Kampong Cham, Cambodia, and via videoconference. 

25th Meeting of the GMS Subregional Transport Forum
The 25th Meeting of the GMS Subregional Transport Forum (STF-25) hosted by the Government of Cambodia on 14 June 2022 in Siem Reap, Cambodia, virtually and in-person, held the theme “Taking Action on GMS 2030 Strategy and COVID-19 Plan with Emerging Ideas.” The meeting discussed how the STF can contribute toward implementing the priorities and initiatives under the GMS Economic Cooperation Program Strategic Framework 2030 (GMS-2030) and GMS COVID-19 Response and Recovery Plan; and considered the next steps for road safety in the GMS, Greater Mekong Railway Association and GMS Railway Development, GMS Freight Transport Association and improvements in logistics in GMS, and Early Harvest of the GMS Cross-Border Transport Facilitation Agreement (CBTA). 
49th Meeting of the GMS Tourism Working Group
The 49th Meeting of the GMS Tourism Working Group held on 12 May 2022 via videoconference. shared updates on GMS National Tourism Organizations' progress of implementing tourism recovery initiatives and strategies, the COVID-19 and tourism situation in GMS countries, and Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office (MTCO) activities. The meeting also discussed various GMS tourism support initiatives and the ASEAN Tourism Standards implementation progress, issues and lessons under the GMS Tourism Infrastructure for Inclusive Growth Project.

Regional Meeting for the GMS: How to Successfully Operationalize One Health for a Green Recovery in the GMS?
This meeting was held via video conference on 7 April 2022. 



29th Meeting of the Regional Power Trade Coordination Committee (RPTCC-29)/ Energy Transition Task Force Meeting
5–6 July 2022: In-person (Siem Reap, Cambodia) and Video Conference  

DownloadGMS Program Calendar of Events 2022



Call for Proposals: Submit Applications for Pilot Demonstrations under the GMS Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability Program

The Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability Program (CCESP) is now accepting demonstration applications for the program’s six priority themes: (i) climate and disaster resilience, (ii) low-carbon transitions, (iii) climate-smart landscapes, (iv) environmental quality through pollution control and sustainable waste management, (v) digital technology for climate actions and environmental sustainability, and (vi) financing low-carbon and climate-resilient infrastructure and technology. The program plans to have 27 demonstrations relating to the different themes. Each demonstration project will have a budget of $40,000. Entries are accepted until 1 JulyRead more


Cambodia, Lao PDR, and Viet Nam Consider Plans to Revitalize Tourism

How Big Data Can Be Used for Tourism Recovery in Asia and The Pacific



Improving Sectoral Growth Drivers to Boost Southeast Asia’s Post-Pandemic Recovery

Transforming Southeast Asia’s established tourism, garments, and agro-processing industries, and leveraging advances in electronics and digital trade, could support the region’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a report by the Asian Development Bank. Read more

The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement: A New Paradigm in Asian Regional Cooperation?

Policy Measures to Foster Growth in the People's Republic of China 

Implementing a Green Recovery in Southeast Asia

Harnessing the Potential of Big Data in Post-Pandemic Southeast Asia



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