Knowledge Network

The Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Knowledge Network is envisioned to facilitate building of knowledge and capacity in specific development topics related to stimulating economic growth and fostering regional cooperation in the GMS.

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Establishing the Task Force on Trade and Investment

The Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Economic Cooperation Program Strategic Framework 2030 (GMS 2030) acknowledges the vital role of regional knowledge centers and think tanks and refers to the establishment of a GMS Knowledge Network.

In the long term, the Knowledge Network will help facilitate the process of regional cooperation and integration toward achieving the GMS member countries’ shared vision of an integrated, prosperous, sustainable, and inclusive GMS guided by the GMS-2030 and the GMS COVID-19 Response and Recovery Plan.



The GMS Knowledge Network aims to provide expertise, stimulate discussion, and raise awareness on relevant and emerging issues in the GMS. Specifically, it aims to

Serve as a mechanism to coordinate research findings and policy recommendations

Develop, synthesize, and coordinate policy advice on key issues leading to greater regional cooperation and supporting economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic

Guide on best practice regulatory frameworks on cross-border issues to facilitate all aspects of regional integration

Enhance systematic knowledge-sharing among academic and research institutions and think tanks, especially on development experiences and policy lessons

Raise the region’s voice in the international arena on issues related to integrated, equitable, and sustainable regional growth

Strengthen the network members’ capacity to generate knowledge such that members can learn from one another and work together across countries

Translate the knowledge produced into concrete government policies or new information for opportunities for the private sector


The indicative outputs of the GMSKN will be:

  1. Research and analytical work on various sectoral and thematic priorities (identified through GMS 2030) leading to the production of operational policy studies and discussion papers.
  2. Dissemination of the findings of research and analytical work through workshops, seminars, and conferences via publication and regular updates on the network website.
  3. Training modules and capacity-building activities through individual members of the network. As much as possible, innovative approaches to knowledge generation and sharing shall be adopted to maximize its impact and effectiveness and achieve the objectives of the network.