GMS in the News

Call for Exhibitors: Showcase Your Innovations at the 3rd Greater Mekong Subregion Agriculture Ministers’ Meeting (AMM6)

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of the People’s Republic of China and the Asian Development Bank are excited to invite tech companies, startups, agribusinesses, development partners, academic, and research institutions to showcase their innovative solutions and technologies to address agricultural and sustainability challenges at the third Greater Mekong Subregion Agriculture Ministers’ Meeting (AMM3).

The 6th Greater Mekong Subregion Environment Ministers’ Meeting (EMM6): Call for Exhibitors Now open

Cambodia’s Ministry of Environment and Asian Development Bank are excited to invite tech companies, startups, and firms, development partners, academic and research institutions to showcase innovative solutions and technologies to climate challenges and environmental issues during the 6th Greater Mekong Subregion Environment Ministers’ Meeting (EMM6). The event will be held from September 10 to 13, 2024, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, bringing together environment ministers from the GMS countries.

GMS TFTI Held the 2nd Training and 3rd Meeting in Vientiane

The GMS Task Force on Trade and Investment held the 2nd training and the 3rd meeting on January 23-25 in Vientiane. 30 government officials joined the training and studied SME financing schemes and communication strategies. The task force meeting agreed on the work plan for 2024 to promote digitalization and better engage with the private sector. On January 25, delegates visited Vientiane Logistics Park and Vientiane Saysettha Development Zone and exchanged views with the private sector.

Electric vehicle adoption into the public transport sector is apowerful game changer that can help to cut emissions at densely populated urban centres right across the region.

ADB, BANPU Sign 2.4 Billion Thai Baht Deal to Support Electric Tuktuks in Thailand and Battery Production in PRC

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and BANPU Public Company Limited signed a 2.4 billion baht loan to support the financing of 1,500 six-seater electric tuktuks (e-tuktuks) and related charging stations for micro-scale transit services in Bangkok, Thailand. 

The main water control facility of the Damnak Chheukrom Mega Irrigation System in Pursat, Cambodia. Photo: Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology via ADB

Case Study: GMS Flood and Drought Risk Management and Mitigation Project

The Greater Mekong Subregion Flood and Drought Risk Management and Mitigation Project was approved by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in December 2012 to support the Government of Cambodia in undertaking measures to prepare for and manage disaster risks linked to floods and droughts. Completed in February 2022, the project supported the rehabilitation of the Damnak Chheukrom Mega Irrigation System.

ADB-financed GMS Project to Strengthen Urban and Tourism Infrastructure, Enhance Women’s Opportunities in Luang Prabang, Lao PDR

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will support the sustainable, inclusive, and resilient urban development of Luang Prabang, Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR), with financing worth $35 million via a concessional loan and a $10 million grant. The project is set to (i) improve the quality and coverage of urban infrastructure and services, (ii) strengthen institutions and capacity to foster climate and disaster resilient development pathways, (iii) promote inclusive and gender-responsive urban planning, and (iv) enhance women's leadership and economic empowerment. The Government of Lao PDR will complement the financing with in-kind contributions to support counterpart salaries and office facilities

Results of ADB-supported projects and programs in Lao People's Democratic Republic, 2017-2023

During the period 2017–2020, extended to 2023, ADB operations in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR) focused on (i) improving physical connectivity to catalyze private sector investment in the economy to generate employment and income, (ii) developing skills that support growth in the non-resource sectors and improving access to health services to enhance labor productivity, and (iii) ensuring sustainable natural resource management and climate resilience. Gender equity and governance were crosscutting themes.

ADB will support the development and operation of solar photovoltaic systems located on the rooftops of commercial and industrial businesses across Viet Nam. Photo courtesy of GreenYellow.

ADB, GreenYellow Sign Deal for Commercial and Industrial Rooftop Solar in Viet Nam

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and GreenYellow Smart Solutions Vietnam Co., Ltd. (GreenYellow), have signed a loan agreement of up to $13.8 million for rooftop photovoltaic (PV) solar systems to help increase the supply of clean and affordable energy for commercial and industrial consumers in Viet Nam. 

Woman-owned Business Brings Viet Nam’s Eco Products to Global Markets

ADB's #SheExport Accelerator program has made a significant impact on Green Joy, a female-owned business based in Viet Nam specializing in crafting eco-friendly products made from grey sedge grass, which grows naturally in alkaline soils in the Mekong Delta and other provinces in Viet Nam. The grass plant, which is 1-2 meters in height and has a round and hollow stem, grows abundantly during the flood season.  In old times, farmers used the grass material to make handicrafts. In recent years, grey sedge grass has served as raw material to make straws.