Summary of Proceedings

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.

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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.


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


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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).


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)


The Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) countries convened the 20th meeting of the Regional Power Trade Coordination Committee (RPTCC-20) on 27–28 June 2016 in Phu Quoc Island, Viet Nam. This time the RPTCC-20 is organized in combination with the meetings of the working group on performance standards and grid code (WGPG) and working group on regulatory issues (WGRI). The meetings of working groups discussed findings of the two reports prepared by consultants under the RETA 8830, deliberated on the recommendations and proposed work plans. The RPTCC meeting on the next day, (i) approved the recommendations and work plans for the two working groups; (ii) updated the progress of the RETA 9003; and updated the GMS Regional Investment Framework and its Implementation Plan; (iii) held a discussion about the new WB supported technical assistance to the GMS; and (iv) discussed revision of criteria for hosting the Regional Power Coordination Center (RPCC). Refer to Annex 1 for the agenda and program.


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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)


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The 15th Meeting of the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Working Group on Human Resource Development (WGHRD-15) was held on 13-14 December 2016 in Kunming, Yunnan Province, People’s Republic of China. It was organized by the Government of the People’s Republic of China and the Asian Development Bank.

The meeting briefed delegates on the outcome of the 21st GMS Ministerial Conference in Chiang Rai, Thailand and on the Regional Investment Framework Implementation Plan (RIF-IP) 2014–2018 Midterm Review.

Development partners and GMS country representatives discussed achievements and innovation in higher education and technical vocational education and training (TVET) cooperation, as well as trends in addressing health security issues.


The 13th Annual Meeting of the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Working Group on Agriculture (WGA AM-13) was held on 28-29 July 2016 in Da Nang, Viet Nam.

Sessions 1 and 2 were chaired by Vu Van Minh, Deputy Director General, International Cooperation Department, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), Viet Nam.

Sessions 3 and 4 were chaired by Pavit Ramachandran, Senior Environment Specialist, Environment, Natural Resources, and Agriculture Division, Southeast Asia Department, Asian Development Bank.

The meeting was attended by representatives from the agriculture 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; experts of NIRAS Finland Oy and Agrifood Consulting International, consulting firm engaged to manage the Core Agriculture Support Program Phase II (CASP2); and other WGA Secretariat staff.


The Fifth Meeting of the GMS Urban Development Task Force was held in Bangkok from 25–26 August 2016. The objectives of the meeting were to (i) update the GMS Regional Investment Framework and progress of the regional and national urban projects included in the GMS Urban Development Strategic Framework 2015–2022; (ii) discuss the concept and applicability of “Urban Green Growth” through knowledge sharing on OECD’s Urban Green Growth in Dynamic Asia project, in particular case studies on Bangkok; and (iii) discuss and agree on the next steps including upgrading of the Urban Task Force to the Urban Working Group and preparation of the next regional meeting.The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) also organized site visits for the participants to the Dingdaeng wastewater plant and the BMA flood control center.