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All Myanmar’s Roads Lead to Development

Daw Than Than Win decided to open a restaurant in Taikgyi Township after the 254-kilometer Yangon-Pyi road was improved with ADB financing in the 1980s. She said that the road became a busy thoroughfare since the upgrade, cutting travel time to Yangon city by half. Photo: ADB/Myo Thame.

All Myanmar’s Roads Lead to Development

An old ADB road stands the test of time in Myanmar, while new road upgrades designed to benefit farming communities in the country’s Ayerwaddy Delta are in the planning stage.

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Greater Mobility in Myanmar Raises Risks of Communicable Disease Contagion

In addition to prevention activities, a project to mitigate the spread of HIV/AIDS in Myanmar will support treatment and care services, the construction of rural health centers, and enhanced service delivery in hundreds of villages. Photo: ADB/Myo Thame.

Greater Mobility in Myanmar Raises Risks of Communicable Disease Contagion

Prevention and awareness-raising programs help address increasing HIV/AIDS transmission risks as Myanmar’s borders open and mobility grows with the construction of new roads.

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(Left to Right) Sok Chenda Sophea, Minister Attached to the Prime Minister, Secretary General Council for Development of Cambodia; Hong Xiao Yong, PRC Ambassador to Viet Nam; Somchith Inthamith, Vice Minister, Ministry of Planning, Lao PDR; Nguyen Chi Dung, Vice Minister, Ministry of Planning and Investment, Viet Nam; Lei Lei Thein, Deputy Minister, Ministry of National Planning and Economic Development, Myanmar; Porametee Vimolsiri, Deputy Secretary General, National Economic and Social Development Board, Thailand; and Bindu Lohani, Vice-President, Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development, ADB. Photo: ADB.

GMS Economic Corridors Must Yield More Jobs and Investment, Forum Hears

HA NOI, VIET NAM (8 August 2014) – The Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) needs to ensure that economic corridors yield benefits in terms of trade, investment, and jobs, participants at the 6th GMS Economic Corridors Forum (ECF) heard today.

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Critical habitat for the Cao Vit gibbon and lands bordering Lao PDR and Viet Nam will see boosted environmental protection efforts. Photo: ADB.

PRC Expands Biodiversity Corridors, Environmental Protection Efforts

MANILA, PHILIPPINES (24 March 2014) – The People’s Republic of China will expand biodiversity corridors to link 10 nature reserves in the southwestern corner of the country – including critical habitat for the Cao Vit gibbon, one of the rarest apes in the world – following workshops conducted as part of the Greater Mekong Subregion’s Core Environment Program.

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ADB President Takehiko Nakao talking to villagers in Mahuangqing Village in Wuding County, Yunnan Province. First on the right is a woman believed to be over 100 years old from the Miao minority group. Photo: ADB.

ADB to Help Unleash Development Potential of PRC's Yunnan Province

KUNMING, PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA (22 March 2014) – Asian Development Bank President Takehiko Nakao met with Yunnan Governor Li Jiheng and discussed the province's development challenges and potential during a three-day visit to the People’s Republic of China. 

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Statement on the GMS: Rehabilitation of the Railway in Cambodia Project - Final Report of the Compliance Review Panel

On 31 January 2014, the Asian Development Bank's Board of Directors agreed to bring the GMS: Rehabilitation of the Railway in Cambodia Project into full compliance with its safeguard policies following a report by ADB’s Compliance Review Panel.

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A new $50 billion pipeline of potential GMS Economic Program projects will focus on transport, tourism, energy and skill development, among other sectors. Photo: ADB.

$50 Billion Greater Mekong Plan to Focus on Building Economic Corridors

VIENTIANE, LAO PEOPLE’S DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC (12 December 2013) – Member countries of the Greater Mekong Subregion have agreed to draw up a $50 billion pipeline of potential projects under a new Regional Investment Framework, including investments in non-traditional areas like railways and multisector projects to be made over the next decade.

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The opening of the Houayxay-Chiang Khong bridge completes the North-South Economic Corridor. Photo: ADB.

New Thai, Lao PDR Bridge Completes 'Missing Link' in Key Regional Corridor

MANILA, PHILIPPINES (11 December 2013) – A new bridge straddling the Mekong River between Thailand and Lao People’s Democratic Republic is open for business, signaling completion of physical works along one of the Greater Mekong Subregion’s most critical economic corridors.

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GMS transport ministers have endorsed a three-year action plan (2013 to 2016) to support implementation of the next phase of transport and trade facilitation measures. Photo: ADB.

GMS Ministers Endorse Plan to Accelerate Cross Border Transport, Trade

MANILA, PHILIPPINES (22 November 2013) – Countries of the Greater Mekong Subregion have endorsed measures to expedite and expand cross border transport and trade, including stepping up bilateral and trilateral country agreements.

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Malaria Data in Asia and the Pacific: By the Numbers

Malaria is transmitted by female mosquitoes, which lay eggs directly on water. Most species prefer clean water. Photo: ADB.

Malaria Data in Asia and the Pacific: By the Numbers

The Asia Pacific Leaders Malaria Alliance, for which ADB is hosting the secretariat, is being launched in response to the urgent need to reduce the burden of this disease in the region. Here's a by-the-numbers look at the status of malaria in Asia and the Pacific.

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