The Greater Mekong Subregion Economic Cooperation Program Strategic Framework (2012-2022)

Institutional Document | March 2012

The start of a new decade is an opportune time for the GMS Program to assess its achievements and develop this new strategic framework for 2012-2022.

The new strategic framework builds on the substantial progress the program has made and the likely global and regional trends.

The Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Economic Cooperation Program will begin its third decade in 2012. Since its inception, the program has achieved noteworthy successes in fostering cooperation in a region that, at the commencement of the program, was emerging from a period of prolonged conflict. The program has built a reputation as a flexible, results-oriented, project-delivering vehicle for promoting regional cooperation and contributing to economic growth and poverty reduction as well as to the provision of regional public goods.

Increased recognition of the benefits of regional cooperation is manifested in the evolution of regionalism both in Asia and more broadly. New institutions have emerged while others have become more vigorous. Within this context of evolving regionalism, the GMS Program remains highly relevant. The start of a new decade is an opportune time for the GMS Program to assess its achievements and develop this new strategic framework for 2012-2022.

The new strategic framework builds on the substantial progress the program has made and the likely global and regional trends. It also builds on the commitment that member countries have made in their national development plans to the promotion of regional integration, and will guide the efforts of member countries to steer the program during the new decade to the next level in terms of results.

Contents 

  • Introduction
  • The GMS Program after 20 Years
  • The Changing Global and Regional Context
  • A Strategic Framework for the Next 10 Years
  • Implementing the Strategic Framework
  • Annex: Summary GMS Program Results Framework