Greater Mekong Subregion 11th Economic Corridors Forum  

The Government of Thailand will chair the 11th Economic Corridors Forum (ECF-11) on 28 October 2020 with the theme “Boosting Competitiveness, Connectivity, and Community in the GMS Economic Corridors through Focused and Integrated Spatial Development.” The meeting, to be held via web-based conferencing, will emphasize initiatives and interventions aimed at accelerating the development of the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) economic corridors.

This year’s ECF continues the tradition of getting together to discuss programs, experiences, and knowledge for the continuous improvement of an integrated, prosperous, sustainable, and equitable subregion. The GMS subregion’s economic corridors emphasize an enhanced spatial approach and the development of an integrated network of economic corridors. It is promoted through three core principles to guide economic corridor development: environmental sustainability and resilience, internal and external integration, and inclusivity.

The upcoming meeting will include the sessions below.
  • Present the draft new GMS Economic Cooperation Program Strategic Framework 2030.
  • Outline the findings of the Study on Section-Specific Planning for the GMS North-South Economic Corridor in Myanmar and the People’s Republic of China.
  • Showcase Thailand’s experience in developing the Eastern Economic Corridor.
  • Discuss possible ways the GMS Program can contribute to accelerating the implementation of the existing free trade agreements in the subregion.
  • Present new initiatives on labor mobility and safe migration.
  • Present updates on implementation progress of Early Harvest implementation under the Cross Border Trade Agreement.

GMS Senior officials, representatives of development partner organizations, private sector, and ADB officials will be invited to participate in this meeting.


Last Updated: 27 October 2020