To support the GMS Economic Cooperation Program’s (ECP) vision for more integrated, prosperous and equitable growth in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS), the International Institute for Trade and Development (ITD) and the Mekong Institute (MI), will organize the Mekong Forum 2013 on July 11-12, 2013 in Khon Kaen, Thailand.
Mekong Forum 2013: Towards More Inclusive and Equitable Growth, will focus on examining the social and ecological implications of rapid economic development and integration and bring together senior policy makers, business and civic leaders, academic experts and development practitioners interested and involved in the ECP and the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC).
Throughout the day-and-a-half-long event, participants will seek to define appropriate measures and plans to support the positive gains made by regional economic growth and social development programs and projects and avoid, minimize, or mitigate the negative consequences and development disparities within and between the Mekong countries.
The event will serve as a platform for participants to:
- Provide and receive updates on the latest developments in the GMS and identify areas of collaboration that will synergize Human Resource Development (HRD)/capacity building initiatives within the GMS and AEC regional integration and cooperation frameworks;
- Share success stories, lessons learned, and innovative ideas to enhance regional cooperation and integration and promote more inclusive and equitable growth in the GMS;
- Enhance relationships, and explore potential partnerships to strengthen the efficient use of resources and the positive impacts of capacity development initiatives;
- Jointly formulate policy recommendations for the GMS governments to narrow the development disparities;
1 GMS Economic Cooperation was established in 1992 to promote economic cooperation and integration of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Vietnam, Thailand and Yunnan and the Guang Xi Provinces of P.R.China.
2 This form of economic integration is characterized by: 1) a single market and production base; 2) a highly competitive economic region; 3) a region characterized by equitable economic development; and, 4) a region that is fully integrated into the global economy.