|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
National Workshops on the Trade Flows and Logistics Studies were held in Beijing and Chiang Rai on 16-20 April 2007 and another National Workshop was held on 3-4 May 2007. The outcomes of these Workshops were subsequently discussed during the Regional Worskhop on 14-15 May 2007 in Bangkok The Logistics Development Study on the North-South Economic Corridor (NSEC) was completed and stock taking exercises of various initiatives related to the development of the NSEC to be used as inputs for the formulation of the overall development strategy of the NSEC have been initiated.
A major change in scope was approved on 7 July 2008 to cover the inclusion of the following activities: (i) conducting supporting studies on economic corridors; (ii) formulating updated strategies and action plans for the EWEC and SEC; (iii) assisting the establishment of the Economic Corridors Forum (ECF) and recommending ways to make the ECF complementary to and supportive of existing GMS institutional mechanisms; and (iv) supporting the holding of ECF meetings and other related events. To enable the implementation of the additional activities the completion date was extended by 27 months from September 2008 to December 2010.
The TA completion date was extended for a total of 39 months until 31 December 2010 to accommodate the implementation of new activities (i.e., expansion of country coverage, additional activities to include not only the North-South Economic Corridor, but also the East-West Economic Corridor, and the Southern Economic Corridor, and the establishment of the Economic Corridors Forum) as a result of a major change in scope approved on 7 July 2008.
The GMS Second Economic Corridors Forum (ECF-2) was held on September 2009 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia which directed efforts toward speeding up and enhancing the effectiveness of implementation of the CBTA and other transport and trade facilitation measures, particularly through the strengthening of the supporting institutional arrangements in individual countries, and of the subregional institutions for the purpose, as well as toward the close and active participation of all stakeholders, particularly the private sector and local authorities, in economic corridor development.
As a follow up to the second ECF, corridor-specific symposia were organized for the Southern and North South Economic Corridors, in Phnom Penh and Kunming respectively in 2011, whose recommendations were then endorsed by the third Economic Corridor Forum in Vientiane in June 2011.
Financial closure is in progress.