GMS Strategy and Future Directions

The new GMS Strategic Framework 2012-2022 has been adopted at the 4th GMS Summit in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar in December 2011. The new Strategic Framework (SF) is anchored on the corridor-development approach, which provides the spatial and thematic focus to the program going forward. The new framework expands the GMS Program from conventional infrastructure to multi-sector investments designed to foster economic corridor development, involving stronger cross-sectoral linkages, better consideration of regional economic development’s spatial aspects, more local stakeholder involvement, and more effective monitoring and evaluation.

The Regional Investment Framework (RIF) 2013-2022  was endorsed at the 19th GMS Ministerial Conference in Vientiane, Lao PDR in December 2013. The RIF translates the strategic framework into pipelines of investment and technical assistance projects for the third decade of the GMS program.