Urban Development in the Greater Mekong Subregion

Publication | June 2016

Urbanization is set to play an ever greater role in the development of the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) countries, transforming their economies and providing support to green economic growth.

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With urbanization levels still averaging about 30% in Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) countries, gross domestic product contributions of towns and cities have already reached 50%–60%. By 2050, when urban areas are set to reach 64%–74%, urban gross domestic product will grow to an estimated 70%–80%. By consolidating and deepening development along existing corridors, and improving environmental conditions, the GMS can prepare for future green growth.

Impact of urbanization

Urbanization has the potential to be a force for good in the development of GMS countries.

  • modern environmental services and infrastructure (e.g., water, wastewater, and solid waste management) support green development and will contribute to positive health impacts;
  • improved climate resilience (e.g., through flood control measures) will mean reduced losses from climate change impacts; and
  • improved urban performance will translate into enhanced productivity and increased attractiveness for investors and residents, providing support to a green economy.

About this publication

This publication is an assessment of the role of cities and urban connectivity in the sustainable development of GMS countries. It aims to increase awareness of best practices and key challenges in addressing essential development concerns in an urban context.


  • Tables and Figures
  • Foreword
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • Contributors
  • Abbreviations
  • Evolution of Towns and Cities in the Greater Mekong Subregion
  • The Role of Cities and Connectivity in Promoting Regional Integration and Competitiveness
  • Greater Mekong Subregion Corridor Towns Development Projects: The First Generation
  • Bangkok to Ho Chi Minh City: Competitiveness along the Southern Economic Corridor
  • Promoting and Scaling Up Cooperative Urban Development: A Perspective from the People’s Republic of China via Yunnan Province
  • Index

Additional Details

  • Regional cooperation and integration
  • Urban development
  • Cambodia
  • China, People's Republic of
  • Lao People's Democratic Republic
  • Myanmar
  • Thailand
  • Viet Nam
  • BKK146799
  • 978-92-9254-983-1 (Print)
  • 978-92-9254-984-8 (e-ISBN)

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