Urban Development



Endorsed by the 21st Ministerial Conference on 1 December 2016, the Urban Development Working Group was formally established to oversee urban development and economic zones as new areas of cooperation in the Greater Mekong Subregion. Specifically, it will guide the implementation of subregional action plans, programs, and projects emanating from the GMS Urban Development Strategic Framework. It will serve as a platform and mechanism for the exchange of national and regional policies and strategies in urban development with a multisector approach, particularly in relation to strengthening regional cooperation and integration, development of GMS corridors, and special economic zones in border areas.


3rd Meeting of the GMS Task Force on Urban Development

The Third Meeting of the GMS Task Force on Urban Development in Vientiane, Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR) from 11–12 September 2014 was held to (i) review the draft GMS Urban Development Strategy1 and Implementation Plan; (ii) discuss the GMS Regional Investment Framework (RIF) Implementation Plan, monitoring and evaluation (M&E) system, and the results of the GMS Sixth Economic Corridors Forum (ECF-6) in Ha Noi, Viet Nam (8 August 2014) on Special Economic Zones (SEZs) and Cross Border Economic Zones (CBEZs); and (iii) agree on the way forward of the GMS Urban Development S