Agenda & Schedule

July 14, 2017


 Registration (Orchid Ballroom 1,2nd Floor, Pullman Hotel)


Welcome Remarks 
Dr. Watcharas Leelawath, Mekong Institute Executive Director


Keynote Speech I: New Geo-economics: Reshaping the Future of GMS?

Dr. Narongchai Akrasanee, Chairman of Mekong Institute Steering Committee



Keynote Speech II:The Rise and Fall of Protectionism: Opportunities and Challenges for the GMS

Datuk M. Supperamaniam, Former Malaysian Ambassador to the WTO



Group Photo, Coffee Break and Networking


Session I: Dynamics of Geopolitics and Geo-economics: Past, Present and Future

Changes in geopolitics and geo-economics in the GMS have resulted into vast regional socio-economic transformation in the past, and the Mekong Forum provides a platform for development stakeholders to discuss ways on how to move forward and cope with yet another major shift in the global economic and political landscape.

H.E. Philippe Kridelka, Ambassador of Belgium to Thailand (TBC)

Prof. Dr. Hikari Ishido, Professor of International Economics, Chiba University

Assoc. Prof. Xiong Bin,Faculty of Management and Economics, Kunming University of Science and Technology

Dr. Kaewkamol Pitakdumrongkit, Assistant Professor, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University.


Lunch (Pavilion Cafe, 1st floor, Pullman hotel)


Session II:Re-assessing Impacts on Development Cooperation in the GMS

This session highlights the implications of the new geo-economics in fostering development partnerships in the GMS. It also underscores the increasing importance of strengthening cooperation and coordination among GMS development partners in maximizing the opportunities brought about by the new geo-economics.

H.E. Rith Vuthy, Deputy General Secretary, Cambodian Rehabilitation and Development Board (TBC)

Mr. Min Zar Ni Lin,Senior Technical and Policy Analyst, Center for Economic and Social Development (CESD), Myanmar

Mr. Paul Martin,Regional Technical Advisor, United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF)

Dr. Edgard R. Rodriguez, Senior Program Specialist, International Development Research Center (IDRC)

Mr. Zach Center, Country Manager, PACT, Cambodia


Coffee Break 


Session II:  Re-adjusting Trade and Foreign Direct Investment Strategies for the GMS

With the new geo-economics signaling the rise of mercantilism and individualism among the world's superpowers, it becomes crucial for GMS development stakeholders to explore ways to adapt to new trends in global trade and investment, and ensure continued economic prosperity.

Dr. Zaw Oo,Executive Director, Center for Economic and Social Development (CESD), Myanmar

Ms. Pimchanok Vonkorpon,Director General, Trade Policy and Strategy Office (TPSO), Thailand

Mr. Xaysomphet Norasingh, Deputy Director-General, Economic Research Institute for Trade (ERIT), Lao PDR

Dr. Kamalinne Pinitpuvadol, Executive Director, International Institute for Trade and Development (ITD), Thailand.

Mr. Marc Proksch,Chief of Business and Development Section, Trade and Investment Division, UNESCAP


Wrap-up and the Way Forward