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

The Greater Mekong Subregion 2030 and Beyond: Integration, Upgrading, Cities, and Connectivity

This study provides analysis and recommendations for the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) countries to move forward and realize their development ambitions by taking advantage of the opportunities that regional cooperation offers. The study examines proposals to achieve growth, and puts forth that a successful development strategy for the GMS in the coming decades will require economic policies that focus on the following interrelated areas: (i) integration into the global economy and upgrading; (ii) the role of cities as engines of growth; and (iii) the need to improve the quality of road infrastructure and connectivity to enhance trade integration and connect competitive cities. Read more. Download the publication.



47th Meeting of the GMS Tourism Working Group
27 May 2021: Video Conference 

Senior Officials' Meeting
2 June 2021: Video Conference 

One Health in the GMS: Where are We Now and Where Next?
3 June 2021: Video Conference 

DownloadGMS Program Calendar of Events



Trade and Transport Facilitation

Lao PDR Signs Concession Agreement with Electricity Joint Venture

PRC Firm, Lao PDR Sign MoU for Forest Restoration and Agri Development Study

PRC, Lao PDR Jointly Developing a Low-carbon Demonstration Zone

Viet Nam Sends Experts, Urgent Aid to Help Lao PDR Overcome COVID-19

Urban Development
ADB Proposes Smart and Energy Efficient City Upgrade for Can Tho

Lao PDR, Thailand Note Growth in Relations
Lao PDR, Viet Nam Reiterate Commitment to Deepen Ties
Cambodia, Lao PDR, Viet Nam Leaders Vow to Boost Cooperation against COVID-19 and Strengthen Trade



COVID-19 Risk Communications Promising Practices Playbook

Clear, engaging, and actionable communication has proven critical for COVID-19 crisis management and will remain so during the pandemic recovery phase. Supported by case studies, the publication showcases promising risk communication practices that countries can apply as they transition through stages of the pandemic. Read more.

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

The brief explains the potential benefits of big data for public services such as health, social protection, and education and how this can contribute to the post-pandemic recovery. Read more.

COVID-19 and Transport in Asia and the Pacific: Guidance Note

This guidance note documents how COVID-19 has affected the transport sector in developing Asia and the Pacific region, from personal mobility and public transport to the aviation industry, among other facets. Read more.


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