Summary of Proceedings

38th Meeting of the GMS Tourism Working Group (TWG-38)

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The Thirty-Eighth Meeting of the GMS Tourism Working Group (TWG-38) was held on 8 December 2016 in Kunming, Yunnan Province of the People’s Republic of China. The meeting was co-organized by the China National Tourism Administration (CNTA), the Yunnan Tourism Development Commission (YTDC), and the Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office (MTCO), and attended by representatives of the National Tourism Organizations (NTOs) of the six GMS countries (Cambodia, People’s Republic of China [PRC], Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, and Viet Nam), MTCO, and the Asian Development Bank (ADB)

37th Meeting of the GMS Tourism Working Group (TWG-37)

The Thirty-Seventh Meeting of the GMS Tourism Working Group (TWG-37) was held on 4 July 2016 in Sihanoukville, Cambodia. The meeting was co-organized by the Ministry of Tourism, Cambodia and the Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office (MTCO), and attended by representatives of the National Tourism Organizations (NTOs) of the six GMS countries (Cambodia, People’s Republic of China [PRC], Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, and Viet Nam), MTCO, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), ASEAN-China Center and ASEAN-Japan Center

36th Meeting of the GMS Tourism Working Group (TWG-36)

The Thirty-Sixth Meeting of the GMS Tourism Working Group (TWG-36) was held on 7 January 2016 in Nan Province, Thailand. The meeting was co-organized by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, Thailand and the Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office (MTCO), and attended by representatives of the National Tourism Organizations (NTOs) of the six GMS countries (Cambodia, People’s Republic of China [PRC], Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, and Viet Nam), MTCO, Thailand Research Fund, and the Asian Development Bank (ADB)

35th Meeting of the Greater Mekong Sub-region Tourism Working Group (TWG-35)

The 35th Meeting of the GMS Tourism Working Group (TWG-35) was held in Da Nang, Viet Nam on 16 June 2015, attended by representatives of the National Tourism Organizations (NTOs) of ve GMS countries (Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, ailand, and Viet Nam), the Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office (MTCO), and the Asian Development Bank (ADB). Representatives of PRC were unable to join.

34th Meeting of the GMS Tourism Working Group (TWG-34)

The 34th Meeting of the GMS Tourism Working Group (TWG-34) was held in Luang Prabang, Lao PDR, on 18 November 2014, attended by representatives of the National Tourism Organizations (NTOs) of the six GMS countries (Cambodia, PRC, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, and Viet Nam), the Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office (MTCO), and the Asian Development Bank (ADB). Representatives of development partners including Swisscontact, GIZ and Luxembourg Development Cooperation also attended.

22nd Annual Meeting of the GMS Working Group on Environment

The 22nd Annual Meeting of the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Working Group on Environment (WGE AM-22) was held on 26-27 July 2016 in Da Nang, Viet Nam. The meeting was chaired by Dr. Nguyen The Chinh, Director General, Institute of Strategy and Policy on Natural Resources and Environment, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Viet Nam; and co-chaired by Mr. Pavit Ramachandran, Senior Environment Specialist, Environment, Natural Resources, and Agriculture Division, Southeast Asia Department, Asian Development Bank (ADB). The meeting was attended by representatives from the environment and other relevant ministries of Cambodia, the People’s Republic of China (PRC), the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR), Myanmar, Thailand, and Viet Nam; the GMS National Secretariats; co-financing and other development partners; ADB; experts of NIRAS Finland Oy, consulting firm engaged to manage the Core Environment Program (CEP); and other GMS Environment Operations Center (EOC) staff.

21st Annual Meeting of the GMS Working Group on Environment

The 21st Annual Meeting of the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Working Group on Environment (WGE AM21), held on 23 June 2015 in Bangkok, Thailand, was chaired by Dr. Wijarn Simachaya, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE), Thailand (morning, first half), Dr. Prasert Sornsathapornkul, Director, National Park and Protected Area Innovations Institute, Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation, MNRE (morning, second half), and Dr. Nawarat Krairapanond, Director, Natural Resources and Environmental Management Coordination Division, Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning, MNRE (afternoon); and co-chaired by Mr. Pavit Ramachandran, Senior Environment Specialist, Asian Development Bank (ADB). The meeting was attended by representatives from the environment and other relevant ministries of Cambodia, the People’s Republic of China (PRC), the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR), Myanmar, Thailand, and Viet Nam; the GMS National Secretariats; co-financing and development partners; ADB and GMS Environment Operations Center (EOC) staff.

21st Meeting of the Regional Power Trade Coordination Committee (RPTCC-21)

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The Regional Power Trade Coordination Committee convened its 21st meeting (RPTCC-21), with back-to-back meetings of the Working Group on Performance Standards and Grid Codes (WGPG) and Working Group on Regulatory Issues (WGRI), on 8–9 December 2016 in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

The meetings (i) discussed the latest results of activities under the WGPG and WGRI, (ii) deliberated on the follow-up actions under the working groups, (iii) updated country power sector development, and (iv) discussed future cross-border power interconnection and trade in the Greater Mekong Subregion.

20th Annual Meeting of the GMS Working Group on Environment

The 20th Annual Meeting of the Greater Mekong Subregion Working Group on Environment (WGE AM20) was chaired by Mr. Hla Maung Thein, Deputy Director General, Environmental Conservation Department, Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry (MOECAF), Myanmar, and co-chaired by Mr. Sanath Ranawana, Senior Natural Resources Management Specialist, Asian Development Bank (ADB). The meeting was attended by representatives from the environment and other relevant ministries of Cambodia, the People’s Republic of China (PRC), Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR), Myanmar, Thailand, and Viet Nam; the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) national secretariats; donor and development partners; ADB and GMS Environment Operations Center (EOC) staff.

Twentieth Meeting of the Greater Mekong Subregion Subregional Transport Forum

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The Twentieth Meeting of the Subregional Transport Forum (STF-20) was held in Nanning, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, People’s Republic of China (PRC) on 29–30 June 2016. The Meeting was jointly organized by the Ministry of Transport (MOT) of PRC and the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

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