The objective of the consultation is to share member countries’ experiences as it relates to health impact assessment (HIA) and special economic zones (SEZs) and to solicit input into the ADB-drafted HIA SEZ framework and guidelines. An expected outcome of the proposed forum is to initiate regional alignment in HIA and SEZ strategies to maximize health opportunities and mitigate trans-boundary and other health risks specific to SEZ development.


  • Share Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) country experiences with SEZ development and HIA
  • Consult on ADB HIA and SEZ framework and guidelines
  • Discuss opportunities for aligning HIA and health management strategies across the GMS region for SEZ development

Target participants

Given the objectives and expected outputs, the proposed activities will involve the participation of

  • Ministry of Health's HIA authorities;
  • Ministry of Environment's HIA and environmental impact assessment focal points;
  • SEZ authorities;
  • Officials from the Ministry of Planning and Investments and other relevant ministries and national stakeholders from each GMS country (Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, and Viet Nam); and
  • ADB staff and consultants involved in both HIA and SEZ development.

How to register

By invitation only


While attendance to the event is free, ADB does not cover travel and accommodation expenses of participants

Event Contact

  • Susan ROTH (Ms) Senior Social Development Specialist Health Sector Group, Sector Advisory Service Cluster Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department E-mail contact form