Toward Sustainable and Balanced Development: Strategy and Action Plan for the Greater Mekong Subregion North-South Economic Corridor

Date: August 2010
Type: Books
ISBN: 978-92-9092-075-5 (print)
Price: Hardcopy Price: $40.00


The North-South Economic Corridor (NSEC), one of the priority economic corridors under the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Economic Cooperation Program, was designated as a GMS flagship initiative in 2002. Efforts have been taken since then to develop NSEC but these were pursued mainly on a project-by-project basis. Consultations in NSEC countries were started in the last quarter of 2007 to initiate a holistic approach to the development of NSEC. The strategy and action plan for NSEC is the product of these and subsequent consultations with government officials, representatives of the private sector, and other stakeholders in these countries.

Besides providing a vision and framework for developing NSEC, this strategy and action plan is aimed at improving coordination, ensuring effective implementation, and helping the mobilization of resources and the broadening of support for NSEC development. The strategy and action plan for NSEC was endorsed at the 15th GMS Ministerial Conference held in Cha-am, Petchburi Province, Thailand on 17-19 June 2009.


  • Basic Information on the North-South Economic Corridor and Its Components
  • Part I: Strategy for North-South Economic Corridor Development
    • Background
    • The North-South Economic Corridor
    • Development Potential, Constraints, and Risks
    • Strategic Framework for the Development of the North-South Economic Corridor
    • Action Plan for the Development of the North-South Economic Corridor
    • Implementing the Strategy and Action Plan
    • Critical Success Factors
  • Part II: Action Plan for North-South Economic Corridor Development 2008-2012
    • Mainstream Measures to Deal with Social and Environmental Concerns in NSEC Development
    • Strengthen Physical Infrastructure and Facilities Needed for the Integration of Economic Activities in the Corridor
    • Facilitate Cross-Border Transport and Trade
    • Promote and Facilitate Investment in Agriculture, Agro-Industry, Manufacturing, Logistics, and Tourism; and Development of Industries in NSEC
    • Address Human Resource Constraints in the Public and Private Sectors
    • Enhance Institutional Mechanisms for Implementing NSEC Initiatives and Expanding Public–Private Partnership for NSEC Development
  • Appendixes
  • References