10th GMS Economic Corridors Forum (ECF-10)
GMS East-West Economic Corridor. This aerial view of the border check point on the Lao side of the Mekong River shows the second Thai–Lao Friendship Bridge, which connects Mukdahan province in Thailand with Savannakhet in the Lao People's Democratic Republic. Photo: ADB.
Extending Corridors for Inclusive Connectivity in the GMS
13 December 2018 Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar
The Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Economic Corridors Forum (ECF) in 2018 marks the 20th year of the GMS economic corridor development approach since its formal adoption at the 6th GMS Ministerial Conference in 1998 to accelerate subregional development. It is the 10th year of the forum since its inaugural meeting in Kunming, People’s Republic of China (PRC) in 2008. This is also the first ECF following the 6th GMS Summit in March 2018, which adopted the Hanoi Action Plan 2018–2022 that has among its key elements a spatial strategy focused on the economic corridors.
Hosted by the Government of Myanmar, ECF-10 will be held on 13 December 2018 in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, with the theme “Extending Corridors for Inclusive Connectivity in the GMS.”
Provisional Program - Agenda
ECF-10 will review specific initiatives aimed at accelerating the development of the economic corridors in the subregion by effectively contributing to the pursuit of the 3Cs: connectivity, competitiveness, and community. It will define recommended actions for their refinement and effective implementation.
Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar
12 December 2018
Venue: Chindwin Room, Kaytumadi Building, MGallery Hotel
Senior officials of the Greater Mekong Subregion will meet in Nay Pyi Taw on 12 December 2018 to review the draft Progress Report and Updated GMS Regional Investment Framework 2022, assess progress under the sector working groups, and discuss the project database and statistical database.
The ECF-10 Host (Myanmar) and GMS Secretariat (Asian Development Bank) will also brief senior officials on the status and topics for discussion at the 10th GMS Economic Corridors Forum (ECF-10), as well as on the expected flow of proceedings and possible key points and issues that may be raised at the forum.
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Venue: M Gallery Nay Pyi Taw by Sofitel
|0830 - 0900||Registration|
|0900 - 0955||Welcome Remarks: GMS Minister of Myanmar (Chair)|
|Statements by Heads of Delegation from Cambodia, PRC, Lao PDR,
Thailand, and Viet Nam
|Deputy Director General, Southeast Asia Department, Asian Development Bank (ADB) (Co-Chair)|
|0955 - 1000||Group Photo of Heads of Delegation|
Part I. Initiatives to Strengthen Connectivity along the GMS Corridors
|1000 - 1045||Session 1: Assessment of the State of Development of GMS Economic Corridors|
|Presentation of the findings of the study on the Assessment of GMS Economic Corridors.
Presenters: Head of Study Team from ADB
|1045 - 1100||Break|
|1100 - 1145||Session 2: Proposed Pilot Study on Section-Specific Planning for North-
South Economic Corridor in Myanmar and the PRC
|Presentation of the concept and approach to the study for the development of certain sections/subcorridor of the GMS North-South Economic Corridor, which can be used as a template for similar studies for the development of other subcorridors/sections of the NSEC or other GMS economic corridors.
|1145 - 1320||Lunch|
Part II. Initiatives to Strengthen Competitiveness of the GMS Corridors
|1320 - 1430||Session 3: Panel Discussion on Logistics Development|
A panel of representatives from the GMS countries will discuss logistics development as a key ingredient in the development of the GMS economic corridors.
Moderator: Mr. Hideaki Iwasaki, Country Director, Thailand Resident Mission, ADB
|1430 - 1505||Session 4: Presentation on the Implementation of GMS E-Commerce Platform and Report on the GMS Governors Forum (12 June 2018)|
Two presentations by representatives from the PRC, with an introduction by ADB (Deputy Director General, East Asia Department):
|Open Discussion and Wrap-Up (to be moderated by ADB)|
|1505 - 1555||Break|
Part III. Initiatives for Building a More Inclusive Community along the GMS Corridors
|1520 - 1555||Session 5: Presentation on Initiatives under the GMS Working Group on Health Cooperation|
|The Working Group on Health Cooperation (WGHC) to present on the latest draft of the GMS Health Cooperation Strategy 2019-2023, including on planned interventions in border areas, with migrant and mobile populations, and health impact assessments in Special Economic Zones (SEZ).
Presenters: Dr. Than Tun Aung, Ministry of Public Health and Sports, Myanmar
(Chair of 2nd WGHC meeting) and Ms. Azusa Sato, ADB
|1555 - 1630||Session 6: Presentation on Supporting Safe Labor Migration in the GMS|
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) will present on its ongoing program, Poverty Reduction through Safe Migration, Skills Development and Enhanced Job Placement (PROMISE). The presentation will include an analysis of labor migration in sections of GMS corridors with a comparative overview of Cambodia-Thailand and Myanmar-Thailand corridors, focusing on contextual challenges, IOM will share examples of IOM’s work with private sector partners on skills development for increased competitiveness and mobility, and related opportunities for GMS governments and the private sector to promote international investment and access to the global markets.
Presenter: Ms. Anna Platonova, International Organization for Migration (IOM)
|1630 - 1645||Closing Session
Participation is by invitation only. Target participants are Ministers from GMS countries; GMS National Coordinators and Senior Officials; other officials from concerned ministries/agencies; local and provincial authorities; officers/staff of the Asian Development Bank (ADB); representatives from the private sector; and development partner organizations. The ADB delegation will be led by Southeast Asia Department (SERD) Management.
Ms. Rhodora Concepcion
Thailand Resident Mission,
Southeast Asia Department
Asian Development Bank
Ms. Rowena Sancio
Regional Cooperation and Operations Coordination Division
Southeast Asia Department
Asian Development Bank
Send inquiries to the GMS Secretariat.