Khamking Koemany is a homestay provider on Don Khon Island, one of the popular sites for tourists visiting the Four Thousand Islands group on the Mekong River in Champasack Province. His business has flourished since he received training in tourism services under the GMS Sustainable Tourism Development Project. Photo: ADB.

Lao PDR and the Greater Mekong Subregion: Expanding Opportunities for Growth

Blessed with rich natural resources and a strategic location at the heart of the Greater Mekong Subregion, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic has emerged from decades of turmoil and isolation to become one of the fastest growing economies in Southeast Asia since 2011.

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Asian Development Bank President Takehiko Nakao (left) with Viet Nam Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (right) on the sidelines of the G20 Leaders’ Summit in Osaka.

ADB President Meets with Viet Nam Prime Minister and Discusses Operations

OSAKA, JAPAN (29 June 2019) — Asian Development Bank President Takehiko Nakao today met with Viet Nam Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on the sidelines of the G20 Leaders’ Summit in Osaka. 

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Connecting the rail systems of the six countries of the Greater Mekong Subregion could boost intra- and inter-regional trade and transport for Southeast Asia, reducing travel time and the cost of moving people and freight across borders. Photo: ADB.

Mekong Countries to Put Railway Connectivity on the Fast Track

The Greater Mekong Subregion is gearing up to expand its railway network beyond borders to boost travel and trade.

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