Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS)
In the Spotlight
More than 68 million tons of cargo crossed Asian borders between 2011 and 2014 thanks to better regional connectivity. Sanguan Sonklinsakul of Thailand’s Chiang Rai Chamber of Commerce says trade with neighboring countries has increased markedly due to the many news roads in the Greater Mekong Subregion.
ADB has helped turn former war-torn Greater Mekong Subregion countries of Cambodia, Lao PDR, and Viet Nam into a booming tourist destination.
ADB has release two new publications on the Greater Mekong Subregion. One discusses ecosystem-based adaptation to climate change impact, and the other one promotes the value of strategic environmental assessment.
At the Fourth Environment Ministers’ Meeting, environment leaders from the Greater Mekong Subregion called for stronger partnerships to protect and enhance their natural assets, including forests, farmlands, wetlands, and water bodies
The Greater Mekong Subregion has an opportunity to build on its success in promoting connectivity, economic competitiveness, and community through a new investment plan presented at the 5th GMS Leaders' Summit in Bangkok.
A modern highway and bridge connecting three countries in the Greater Mekong Subregion are reviving an ancient trade route and bringing new life to local communities.
The Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) is a natural economic area bound together by the Mekong River, covering 2.6 million square kilometers and a combined population of around 326 million.
The GMS countries are Cambodia, the People's Republic of China (PRC, specifically Yunnan Province and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region), Lao People's Democratic Republic (Lao PDR), Myanmar, Thailand, and Viet Nam.
In 1992, with assistance from ADB, the six countries entered into a program of subregional economic cooperation, designed to enhance economic relations among the countries. Read more.