Information and communication technology (ICT) is helping to transcend geographic boundaries across the Greater Mekong Subregion.
More and more people have access to phones and the internet, enabling individuals, communities, and businesses to connect and collaborate as never before. The countries in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) recognize the importance of investing in ICT to improve productivity and efficiency, build knowledge-based economies, and reduce poverty.
Under the GMS Program, cooperation in this sector has contributed to a subregional “information superhighway” based on interconnected telecommunications infrastructure. The countries are now leveraging ICT to make the GMS more economically integrated and competitive.
In 2015, the GMS Cross-Border E-Commerce Cooperation Platform was established, followed a year later by the GMS E-Commerce Business Alliance. Together, these two initiatives are boosting intraregional trade through policy exchanges, enterprise interaction, and capacity building.
This document provides a snapshot of the Greater Mekong Subregion's performance from 1992-2014, highlighting growth in output and merchandise trade, developments in information and communication technology, and trends in subregional integration.
The role of information and communication technology in an increasingly interconnected and interdependent world transcends geographical boundaries, economies, and sectors.
This is the summary of proceedings from the 8th Meeting of the Subregional Telecommunications Forum of the Greater Mekong Subregion held in Bangkok, Thailand on 29-30 May 2007.