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ADB, Lao PDR Sign Agreement to Enhance Sanitary, Phytosanitary Management Systems

Lao PDR Deputy Minister of Finance Thipphakone Chanthavongsa (seated, right) and ADB Country Director for the Lao PDR (seated, left) Yasushi Negishi signed the additional grant agreement in Vientiane. Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Phouangparisak Pravongviengkham (standing, second from right) also attended the signing ceremony.

ADB, Lao PDR Sign Agreement to Enhance Sanitary, Phytosanitary Management Systems

VIENTIANE, LAO PEOPLE’S DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC (20 November 2017) —The Asian Development Bank and the Government of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic signed an agreement on 13 November for a $10 million grant as additional financing for a project that will enhance sanitary and phytosanitary capacity and improve food safety as well as plant and animal safety in the country.

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Cargo trucks pass through the Second Lao–Thai Friendship Bridge over the Mekong river, which connects Savannakhet City with Mukdahan province. The bridge has helped improved the Lao PDR’s access to seaports in neighboring countries. Photo: ADB.

Lao PDR Steps Up Its Bid to Become a Logistics Hub with First Dry Port

The Lao People’s Democratic Republic is operating its first dry port in Savannakhet province, where it is strategically positioned along the Greater Mekong Subregion East-West Economic Corridor, at the mid-point between the nearest Vietnamese seaport of Danang, and Thai ports in Bangkok and Laem Chabang.

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The additional financing will scale up efforts to improve food safety and ensure plant and animal health, as part of an initiative to improve sanitary and phytosanitary capacity in the Lao PDR. Photo: ADB.

ADB Funds to Scale Up Sanitary, Phytosanitary Efforts in Lao PDR

VIENTIANE, LAO PEOPLE’S DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC (4 October 2017) — The Asian Development Bank’s Board of Directors has approved a $10 million grant to the Lao People’s Democratic Republic as additional financing to scale up efforts to improve food safety and ensure plant and animal health, as part of an initiative to improve sanitary and phytosanitary capacity in the country.

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Rural communities in the Greater Mekong Subregion are vulnerable to climate-related disasters, such as floods, droughts, and storms. Risk financing can help people protect their livelihood and productive assets better through a combination of risk retention, risk sharing, and risk transfer mechanisms. Photo: ADB.

How Risk Financing Can Help Mekong Farmers Cope with Disasters

Risk financing can help at-risk communities better cope with the economic costs of natural disasters and extreme weather.

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The project will help provide a more efficient, safe, and disaster resilient transport sector in Cambodia. Photo: ADB.

ADB to Help Enhance Transport Efficiency, Management in Cambodia

PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA (29 September 2017) — The Asian Development Bank’s Board of Directors has approved a $70 million loan to help provide a more efficient, safe, and disaster resilient transport sector in Cambodia, particularly by improving national roads in the provinces of Prey Veng, Siem Reap, and Svay Rieng along the Greater Mekong Subregion Southern Economic Corridor.

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The Greater Mekong Subregion Program, which was established in 1992 to bring together the countries surrounding the Mekong River, has played a vital role in promoting cooperation. Photo: ADB.

The Greater Mekong Subregion Program, which was established in 1992 to bring together the countries surrounding the Mekong River, has played a vital role in promoting cooperation. Photo: ADB.

Rethinking the Greater Mekong Subregion

The Greater Mekong Subregion is more united than it has ever been, and is prospering. The GMS program has been instrumental in supporting this success, but leaders in the region are working to modernize it to keep the union strong.

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GMS Agriculture Working Group Finalizing Strategy on Agro-Based Value Chains

The focus will be on inclusiveness and impacting the small-scale farmers and micro and small agri-enterprises in GMS.

GMS Agriculture Working Group Finalizing Strategy on Agro-Based Value Chains

SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA (13 July 2017) — A senior level working group meeting is finalizing a 5-year strategy for promoting safe and environment-friendly agro-based value chains (2018-2022) for the Greater Mekong Subregion.

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Thailand’s Eastern Economic Corridor and What It Means for the GMS

The BTS Skytrain arrives at Asoke station, one of Bangkok’s busiest business districts. The Eastern Economic Corridor project includes high-speed trains to link international airports and doubletrack railways to connect Laem Chabang port to other ports. Photo: ADB.

Thailand’s Eastern Economic Corridor and What It Means for the GMS

Thailand is rolling out an ambitious plan to transform the eastern part of the country into an investment, technology, and transportation hub, where all the economic corridors of the Greater Mekong Subregion converge.

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ADB to Partner with Cambodia to Launch National Solar Park Program

The 100 megawatt solar power park program will be implemented in two phases, the first phase is around 30 MW to be followed by a second phase of 70 MW. Photo: ADB.

ADB to Partner with Cambodia to Launch National Solar Park Program

PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA (27 June 2017) — The Asian Development Bank is supporting Electricite Du Cambodge in setting up a national solar park program to exploit Cambodia’s abundant solar resources through a transaction advisory agreement.

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