Cooperation Fund for Project Preparation in the Greater Mekong Subregion and in Other Specific Asian Countries

What is the fund?

The fund is a single-donor trust fund established in partnership with Agence Francaise de Developpement (AFD) in 2004 to promote project preparatory technical assistance operations to be designed, processed, and administered at the sole discretion of ADB with regional cooperation focus in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS).

What are the priorities?

In line with ADB's Strategy 20/20, the fund will focus on planning, financing and implementing operations to help increase resource flows, assist with trade facilitation, disseminate new technology and enrich networking expertise in the GMS. Specific focus is placed on the implementation of high priority subregional projects in transport, energy, telecommunications, environment, human resource development, tourism, trade facilitation, private sector investment, and agriculture.

What kind of activities will be financed from the fund?

Activities will consist of project preparatory technical assistance operations as well as other activities that may be agreed upon between the AFD and ADB.

Who is eligible to receive the grant?

The recipients of the fund shall be developing member countries of the ADB in the Greater Mekong Subregion and regional institutions located in such countries. The GMS is made up of Cambodia, the People's Republic of China (PRC, specifically Yunnan Province and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region), Lao People's Democratic Republic (Lao PDR), Myanmar, Thailand, and Viet Nam.

Who supports the fund?

France thru the Agence Francaise de Developpement (AFD).