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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Strengthened connectivity amongst countries along the Greater Mekong Subregion southern coastal corridor will help reduce HIV risks and provide new opportunities for growth and employment. Photo: ADB.

ADB, Australia Provide $37 Million to Keep Viet Nam Road Upgrades on Track

MANILA, PHILIPPINES (12 February 2013) – The Asian Development Bank and Government of Australia are providing an extra $37 million for a project improving roads and tackling HIV and human trafficking risks along a key coastal route linking Viet Nam and Cambodia.

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Greater Mekong Ministers, ADB Plan Next Generation of Development Activities

MANILA, PHILIPPINES (12 December 2012) - The next phase of Greater Mekong Subregion investments should expand the program into new areas such as multisector investments towards urban development, connecting remote areas with growth centers, and extending existing corridors into Myanmar, ministers attending the 18th GMS Ministerial Conference in Nanning, People's Republic of China said today in a joint statement.

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ADB to Help Mitigate Risk of Floods, Droughts in Lower Mekong Basin

MANILA, PHILIPPINES (7 November 2012) - The Asian Development Bank and Australian Agency for International Development will provide an $87.39 million package of loans and grants to help Lao People's Democratic Republic and Viet Nam pair infrastructure upgrades with community-based disaster risk management and enhanced regional forecasting to improve flood and drought preparedness in the Greater Mekong Subregion.

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ADB Supports Lao PDR, Viet Nam in Addressing HIV Threat in Border Areas

MANILA, PHILIPPINES (31 October 2012) - The Asian Development Bank is providing $20 million in grants and loans to support Lao People's Democratic Republic and Viet Nam prevent the spread of HIV infections in 23 border provinces where risks are growing due to increased population movement and commercial activities along economic corridors.

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The Mekong River Basin is the richest river basin in the world in terms of fish stocks, and its productivity is directly linked to the livelihood of people in the region. Photo: ADB.

Countries of the Mekong River: 12 Things to Know

The six nations that share the Mekong River celebrate this year 2 decades of economic cooperation in the Greater Mekong Subregion Program, which was established with the assistance of ADB in 1992.

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GMS Development Partners Support New Strategic Framework

PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA (4 August 2011) – Key development partners of the Greater Mekong Subregion Economic Cooperation Program met senior officials of the GMS countries to discuss support for the new Strategic Framework 2012-22 that will guide the program over the next decade. The meeting was part of the 17th GMS Ministerial Conference held on 2-4 August in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

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