Second Meeting of the Greater Mekong Subregion Urban Development Task Force

Description

The meeting will share among the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) countries the existing urban strategies and development plans and discuss implications of their respective strategies in the context of regional integration. The second meeting will also discuss and finalize the terms of reference and 2014 work plan of the GMS Urban Development Task Force.

Objectives

At the end of the workshop, participants will have strengthened regional cooperation in the urban development sector and stimulating integration and competitiveness of GMS corridor towns and border areas.

Expected outputs

  • urban development in the context of the role of cities and urban connectivity in promoting GMS sustainability, functional integration and competitiveness;
  • country perspectives on existing urban development plans and strategies including implications of the respective country strategies in relation to regional cooperation and integration;
  • opportunities for increased GMS cooperation through confirmation of the GMS Regional Investment Framework for urban development sector; and
  • finalized terms of reference of the GMS Urban Development Task Force including indicative 2014 work plan.

Target participants

Participation is by invitation only.

Cambodia:
Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction
Ministry of Public Works and Transport

People's Republic of China:
Institute for Spatial Planning and Regional Economy, National Development and Reform Commission, China
China Centre for Urban Development
Ministry of Finance
Provincial Government of Guangxi
Provincial Government of Yunnan

Lao People's Democratic Republic:
Ministry of Public Works and Transport

Myanmar:
Department of Human Settlement and Housing Development, Ministry of Construction

Viet Nam:
Ministry of Planning and Investment, Development Strategy Institute
Ministry of Construction

Thailand:
Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism
National Economic and Social Development Board

The participants to the second meeting of the Urban Development Task Force will be composed of representatives from the above organizations, from relevant academic institutions in the six GMS countries, and from ADB.

Resource speakers

Douglas Webster, ADB consultant will serve as resource person and will discuss urban development in the context of the GMS.