The Greater Mekong Subregion: Beyond Borders: Regional Cooperation Strategy and Program (2004-2008)

Date: March 2004
Type: Country Planning Documents
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Cambodia; China, People's Republic of; Lao People's Democratic Republic; Myanmar; Thailand; Viet Nam
ADB administration and governance; Regional cooperation and integration
Series: Regional Cooperation Strategy and Programs


The Regional Cooperation Strategy and Program (RCSP) is a road map to guide ADB's regional operations in the Mekong Region.

Consistent with ADB's overarching goal of poverty reduction, the RCSP aims to reduce poverty in the region. To achieve this, it defines a five-year strategy supported initially by a 3-year program of assistance.

The strategy was approved in March and presented to the ADB's Board of Directors. It was prepared through consultations with governments, NGOs and civil society. Earlier drafts of the RCSP were presented to GMS governments in December 2003.

In January 2004, a draft was circulated to NGOs. It was discussed at a Tripartite Meeting in Bangkok on 27-28 January where NGOs, GMS governments, and ADB attended. Read the executive summary.

The RCSP will be updated regularly through continuous consultations with stakeholders.


  • Map
  • Executive Summary
  • The Mekong People
  • The Economic Context
  • GMS: Beyond Borders
  • Making It Happen: Implementing the GMS Strategy
  • Resource Mobilization: An Enhanced ADB Role
  • Toward 2008: Assessing the Strategy and Potential Risks
  • Appendixes