A new $50 billion pipeline of potential GMS Economic Program projects will focus on transport, tourism, energy and skill development, among other sectors. Photo: ADB.

$50 Billion Greater Mekong Plan to Focus on Building Economic Corridors

VIENTIANE, LAO PEOPLE’S DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC (12 December 2013) – Member countries of the Greater Mekong Subregion have agreed to draw up a $50 billion pipeline of potential projects under a new Regional Investment Framework, including investments in non-traditional areas like railways and multisector projects to be made over the next decade.

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The opening of the Houayxay-Chiang Khong bridge completes the North-South Economic Corridor. Photo: ADB.

New Thai, Lao PDR Bridge Completes 'Missing Link' in Key Regional Corridor

MANILA, PHILIPPINES (11 December 2013) – A new bridge straddling the Mekong River between Thailand and Lao People’s Democratic Republic is open for business, signaling completion of physical works along one of the Greater Mekong Subregion’s most critical economic corridors.

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GMS transport ministers have endorsed a three-year action plan (2013 to 2016) to support implementation of the next phase of transport and trade facilitation measures. Photo: ADB.

GMS Ministers Endorse Plan to Accelerate Cross Border Transport, Trade

MANILA, PHILIPPINES (22 November 2013) – Countries of the Greater Mekong Subregion have endorsed measures to expedite and expand cross border transport and trade, including stepping up bilateral and trilateral country agreements.

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8th Semi-Annual Meeting of the GMS Working Group on Environment

The 8th Semi-Annual Meeting of the Working Group on Environment (WGE SAM-8) was chaired by Madame Keobang A Keola, Director General, Department of Pollution Control, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE), Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR), and co-chaired by Mr. Sanath Ranawana, Senior Natural Resources Management Specialist, Asian Development Bank (ADB).


Malaria Data in Asia and the Pacific: By the Numbers

Malaria is transmitted by female mosquitoes, which lay eggs directly on water. Most species prefer clean water. Photo: ADB.

Malaria Data in Asia and the Pacific: By the Numbers

The Asia Pacific Leaders Malaria Alliance, for which ADB is hosting the secretariat, is being launched in response to the urgent need to reduce the burden of this disease in the region. Here's a by-the-numbers look at the status of malaria in Asia and the Pacific.

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