|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, 19th and 20th GMS Ministerial Conference held in Hanoi, Viet Nam in August 2010, Phnom Penh, Cambodia in August 2011, Nanning PRC in December 2012, Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR in 2013 and Nay Pyi Taw September 2015, respectively; the Mekong Development Forum held in Seoul, South Korea in September 2010; minister-level Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, and 7th GMS Economic Corridor Fora held in Vientiane in June 2011, Mandalay in June 2012, in Bangkok, Thailand in August 2013, Hanoi, Viet Nam in August 2014, and Kunming, PRC, 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, the Second Youth 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.
Furthermore, the TA supported the preparation of key knowledge products including the GMS Development Partners Assistance Matrix, the GMS Statistics Database, the First and Second RIF-IP Progress Reports for periods ending June 2015 and December 2015, and the maintenance of the web-based GMS Projects Database.
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.
In 2015, the TA has also supported a study to strengthen the institutional structure of the the GMS Program, and a study on GMS corridor configuration. The studies will be presented at the 21st GMS Ministerial Conference in November 2016.