Review of Configuration of Greater Mekong Subregion Economic Corridors

Institutional Document | November 2016

This paper assesses the current configuration of GMS economic corridors and proposes their extensions and realignments.

These changes will help ensure that further investments in GMS economic corridors are focused on areas with the best potential to allow these corridors to become fully functioning economic corridors, thus maximizing their contribution to increased incomes and employment in the subregion.

The primary considerations for including specific routes as part of East–West Economic Corridor (EWEC), North–South Economic Corridor (NSEC), and Southern Economic Corridor (SEC) in the current configuration were their potential to become trade, investment, tourism, and transit corridors, and the presence of significant sections that can be developed into hubs for regional trade, investment, and tourism. In reviewing their configuration, the primary concern is to ensure that 

  • developments arising from the opening up of Myanmar are taken into account;
  • corridors include and link all GMS capitals and major economic centers;
  • corridors are connected to key GMS maritime gateways and industrial hubs; and
  • major trade flows are reflected in the alignment of the corridors.


  • Figures and Tables
  • Abbreviations
  • Executive Summary
  • Background and Introduction
  • Greater Mekong Subregion Economic Corridors
  • Evolution of the Greater Mekong Subregion Economic Corridors
  • Economic Corridor Realignment and/or Extension
  • Complementary Measures and Approaches
  • Recommendations
  • Appendixes

Additional Details

  • Regional cooperation and integration
  • Cambodia
  • China, People's Republic of
  • Lao People's Democratic Republic
  • Myanmar
  • Thailand
  • Viet Nam

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