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The Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) together with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) have been promoting regional cooperation and integration (RCI) among their developing member countries (DMCs) to assist them in reaping benefits, mitigating risks, and maximizing opportunities brought about by globalization.

RCI initiatives are typically driven by investments in regional infrastructure, which also provides a platform for cooperation across member countries in areas of mutual interest. ADB supports subregional cooperation programs (SCPs) in Asia and the Pacific. In Southeast Asia and the People’s Republic of China (PRC), three main SCPs are supported—the Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA), the Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle (IMT-GT), and the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS). The SCPs have adopted strategic frameworks and long-term plans to guide their economic development process. The SCPs have also developed sector strategies for various modes of transport, which revolve around geographic spaces or economic corridors. Subregional strategies and priority actions for road, rail, maritime, and air transport converge in the subregional economic corridors.

The SCPs have adopted the economic corridor development (ECD) approach although at various stages of development and progress. The ECD approach aims to develop a highly efficient transport system that allows goods and people to move around the subregion without excessive cost or delay. This is expected to translate to further economic growth and regional development, and thus help reduce poverty. The development of economic corridors has proven to be a holistic strategy, which improves the quality and reach of intraregional infrastructure, benefiting both the subregion and the individual economies in it. A common long-term challenge across SCPs is the need to transform “transport corridors” into “full-fledged economic corridors.” SCPs must also align with ASEAN in developing regulatory frameworks and standards for integrated multi-modal transportation systems.

Knowledge and experience sharing on economic corridors in the subregions could add great value to government officials involved in RCI since there is yet no standard definition of economic corridors and no “one-size-fits-all” model. As a knowledge center supporting ADB DMCs and in partnership with ADB and the BIMP-EAGA Facilitation Center, ADBI aims to promote information exchange that could lead to refinements of initial ECD approaches adopted by the SCPs, and help collaboratively explore and generate common concepts, characteristics, and principles that can guide ECD across SCPs.

The Economic Corridor Development for Competitive and Inclusive Asia training program will provide government officials with opportunities to better understand issues and challenges in economic corridor development in Asia. The programs will have two distinct and independent modules. ADBI professional staff will engage in module 1, which will focus on the characteristics, concepts, and models of economic corridors. Case studies on economic corridor development in Central Asia, Southeast Asia, and South Asia will be highlighted. By examining these issues, this training program will help strengthen regional cooperation and integration as well as infrastructure development in Asia.

  • Raise the likelihood of regional cooperation for economic corridor development in Asia.
  • Enhance capacity of government officials to pursue initiatives for economic corridor development in Asia.
  • About 30 mid-career officials (director or director general), 3 from each ASEAN country, except Singapore, and 3 from the PRC, from (i) ministries of finance, foreign affairs, planning, transport, trade, and investment; (ii) special bodies such as economic corridor and special economic zones authorities; and (iii) state and local governments involved in economic corridor development.
  • Applicants must be involved in RCI and economic corridor development; have exposure to BIMP-EAGA, IMT-GT, and GMS; and be involved in the design and implementation of subregional strategies, programs, and projects.
  • Better understanding of issues and challenges related to economic corridor development in the subregions
  • Enhanced understanding of characteristics, concepts, and models of economic corridors among DMC government officials
  • Sharpened problem solving, analytical, and strategic action skills in formulating and implementing strategies and action plans
  • A network of BIMP-EAGA, IMT-GT, and GMS policy makers and development planners
How to register

By invitation only.


Asian Development Bank (ADB) and BIMP-EAGA Facilitation Center

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