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
  Open Discussion
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. Presenter: ADB
  Open Discussion
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


  Open Discussion
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
  Open Discussion
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)

  Open Discussion
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.

Last Updated: 20 November 2018