Strategy for Promoting Safe and Environment-Friendly Agro-Based Value Chains in the Greater Mekong Subregion and Siem Reap Action Plan, 2018–2022

The Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) has a great opportunity to be a major supplier of safe and environment-friendly agriculture products (SEAP). The GMS economies are growing rapidly, and their population of over 330 million is becoming larger, richer, and more urbanized. Increasingly, GMS consumers look for food characteristics such as safety, healthiness, and environment-friendliness. GMS farmers generate huge surplus of agrifood products, and agribusiness companies are more sophisticated and better able to develop regional and global reach. Agricultural and food trade is growing rapidly. Trade integration is accelerating thanks to policy initiatives and development of transportation corridors and logistics systems. The improved infrastructure and the opportunity to move further along the value-added path are great incentives for the increasing ow of foreign direct investment (FDI).

Connecting Greater Mekong Subregion railways: A strategic framework

This strategic framework for connecting Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) railways is the rst step in developing and implementing an integrated railway system in the subregion. All the GMS countries have independent plans to develop their railways. Yet all desire to see an integrated sys- tem that would move their freight and passengers seamlessly around the subregion and beyond.
To date, the individual countries have focused on the investments needed for line construction, with little attention to the other aspects of infrastructure, let alone the many requirements of cross-border traf c—such as compatible and mutually recognized immigration, customs, and health clearances; tech- nical and operational standards; and/or procedures and facilities, such as axle change at borders— that also need to be addressed.
This strategic framework, based on a study requested by the GMS countries, develops a practical approach to GMS railway integration, provides the GMS countries with an initial framework for achieving integration and interoperability, identi es priority initiatives, builds a platform for further dia- logue and discussion between and among GMS countries, and provides a context for evaluating future projects.

GMS Tourism Sector Strategy 2016-2025

Company contributor Mekong Tourism Office

Company contributor Asian Development Bank

In 2004-2005, at the request of the GMS TWG and with the support of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), a GMS Tourism Sector Strategy (GMS TSS) was formulated. The updated GMS TSS 2016-2025 strategy envisioned the GMS as a single destination, with strong focus on culture, nature and adventure. The intention of the strategy is to inspire not only the governments of the subregion, but also all its stakeholders, particularly in the tourism industry, to promote a sustainable development of tourism, respectful of its people, and cultures, enhance and protect its unique natural and cultural heritage, and fostering poverty alleviation schemes.