|Progress Toward Outcome
||The TA helped improve coordination among GMS stakeholders by supporting the organization and the conduct of major GMS events, numerous GMS sector working group meetings and sector ministers meetings (e.g. agriculture, energy, environment, tourism, transport, transport and trade facilitation, human resource development, and urban development) and the core operations of the GMS Secretariat. Moreover, Secretariat coordination specialists have been hired in Cambodia, Peoples Republic of China, Lao PDR and Viet Nam to help coordinate with national agencies and other stakeholders, especially the GMS National Secretariats in these countries. There has been increased cross-participation/sharing of information and ideas among the various GMS sector working groups and forums.
|Description of Project Outputs
New GMS 10-year strategic framework (2012-2022), including possible linkages with other regional cooperation initiatives
GMS working groups, corridor development forums, and other high-level meetings promote the planned and prepared multisector approach.
Increased capacity of GMS national secretariats
New and emerging information and knowledge products for GMS prepared and disseminated
Structured information exchange and dialogue between ADB and other development partners, including the private sector
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
The TA supported the organization and the conduct of major GMS events since the TA was approved in July 2010. These include: the 16th, 17th, 18th, and 19th GMS Ministerial Conference held in Hanoi, Viet Nam in August 2010, Phnom Penh, Cambodia in August 2011, Nanning PRC in December 2012, and Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR respectively; the Mekong Development Forum held in Seoul, South Korea in September 2010; minister-level Third, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth GMS Economic Corridor Fora held in Vientiane in June 2011, Mandalay in June 2012, in Bangkok, Thailand in August 2013, and Hanoi, Viet Nam in August 2014, respectively; the 5th GMS Summit held in Thailand in December 2014 and the 4th GMS Summit held in Myanmar in December 2011; the 20th GMS Anniversary celebration held in Manila, Philippines in Sept 2012; and the Business Opportunities Forum held in Thailand on 8 August 2013. In December 2014, the GMS Investment Forum, GMS Business Forum, and Development Partners' Meeting were held in conjunction with the 5th GMS Summit.
The TA also supported the conduct of (i) regular GMS Senior Officials Meetings (that are also serving as Task Force for preparation of deliverables for the Ministerial Conference and Summit), (ii) Sector Working Group meetings, and (iii) consultations and roundtable discussions with development partners (held either as stand-alone events or as side-events to the GMS Ministerial Conferences) to improve coordination of cooperation programs at the regional and country levels and the implementation of the GMS list of high priority projects in the GMS Regional Investment Framework Implementation Plan (2014-2018).
A new GMS Strategic Framework 2012-22 which emphasized strengthening cross-sector linkages was also developed under the TA. The GMS Strategic Framework 2012-22 along with new sector strategies for agriculture, environment and tourism were endorsed during the 4th GMS Summit held in 2011.
The TA has facilitated policy dialogue on outcomes of sector assessments under the new Regional Investment Framework for the GMS program and supported ADB's responsiveness to the changing international context of Myanmar, a member of the GMS cooperation program, through policy dialogue and analysis.
Preparatory activities for the 7th Economic Corridors Forum and the 19th GMS Ministerial Conference are also underway with support of the TA. These include meetings of the Summit Task Force to review substantive, logistics and administrative preparations, and engagement of experts to prepare specialized knowledge products for discussion/presentation at the ECF and Ministerial Conference.