MANILA, PHILIPPINES (3 December 2004) - Ministers of the six
countries sharing the Mekong River will gather in Vientiane,
Lao People's Democratic Republic, on 14-16 December 2004, to
discuss ways to intensify regional cooperation.
With increasing efforts in Asia towards greater economic
integration, the ministers from the Greater Mekong Subregion
(GMS) countries - Cambodia, People's Republic of China, Lao
PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, and Viet Nam - will discuss at their
13th GMS Ministerial Conference how to move cooperation more
effectively to achieve their common goal of growth, equity and
prosperity for the subregion.
The GMS Program, assisted by ADB since 1992, has catalyzed
the move towards regional economic integration by enhancing
physical connectivity among the GMS countries and thus
improving the competitiveness of the region's products in Asia
The ministerial meeting will include a GMS Senior Officials
Meeting on 14 December, a Development Partners Meeting on 15
December and the Ministerial Meeting on 16 December.
The Development Partners Meeting will bring together
representatives from more than 50 bilateral and multilateral
development agencies as well as representatives of the private
sector. "The investment requirements in the GMS region are huge
and it will therefore be critically important for the GMS
countries to successfully mobilize new resources from public
and private sectors inside and outside the region," said Rajat
Nag, Director General of ADB's Mekong Department.
"The GMS countries' dialogue with existing and new
development partners is very important feature of the GMS
Ministerial Conference," said Mr. Nag.
The GMS Ministers will also discuss the preparation for the
Second GMS Leaders' Summit to be held in Kunming, PRC in July
Home to some 250 million people, the subregion, as big as
Western Europe, is expected to become a dynamic growth area in
the years ahead.
For further details of the Ministerial Conference, please
contact Tsukasa Maekawa (firstname.lastname@example.org), Principal
External Relations Specialist, at tel. 632-632-5875 or Grace
Sioting at tel. 632-632-5889.