Assessment of the Greater Mekong Subregion Economic Corridors—Integrative Report

This report puts together the findings of the assessment of country components of the Greater Mekong Subregion economic corridors. Along with six country reports, the integrative report was prepared by a study team led by the Asian Development Bank, which serves as the GMS Secretariat.

ADB conducted the assessment to collect and consolidate information on the state of GMS economic corridors. The assessment can guide future efforts in GMS economic corridors development by (i) increasing knowledge and appreciation of the state of development of each GMS economic corridor; (ii) identifying gaps and bottlenecks to be addressed, and the corresponding priorities for interventions; and (iii) providing a benchmark for monitoring progress in developing the GMS economic corridors.

The assessment focuses not only on the physical condition of road transport infrastructure and border crossing facilities but also endeavors to provide a broad indication of the economic potential of the economic corridors by collecting data on special economic zones, investment opportunities, cross-border traffic and trade, and tourist attractions in the vicinity. Where relevant, the assessment touches upon the status of rail and water transport development.