SMEs along the Southern Economic Corridor

Enhancing Competitiveness of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises along the Southern Economic Corridor

The Southern Economic Corridor (SEC) is a part of the economic corridor approach adopted by the Mekong Subregion countries in 1998 to help accelerate the pace of sub-regional economic cooperation. The role of the SEC is to link the sub-region to major markets and nodal points within these economic corridors to serve as centers for enterprise development. SEC encompasses four ASEAN countries namely Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam (CMTV). The SEC is comprised of the sub corridors and inter corridor as follow:

  • Bangkok – Phnom Penh – Ho Chi Minh City – Vung Tau Sub-Corridor (Central Sub-Corridor);
  • Bangkok–Siem Reap – Stung Treng – Rathanakiri – O Yadov – Pleiku – Quy Nhon Sub-Corridor (Northern Sub-Corridor);
  • Dawei – Bangkok – Trat – Koh Kong – Kampot – Ha Tien – Ca Mau – Nam Can Sub-Corridor (Southern Coastal Sub-Corridor);
  • Sihanoukville – Phnom Penh – Kratie – Stung Treng – Dong Kralor (Tra Pang Kriel) – Pakse – Savannakhet Inter-Corridor Link, which links the three SEC sub-Corridors with the East–West Economic Corridor (EWEC)

The importance of the SEC has risen in the recent years due to the Dawei Development Project in Myanmar. The project is expected to result in increase in the volume of trade and investment along the SEC and the Corridor has the potential to be developed as the most important corridor in the ASEAN Mekong Subregion (AMS). 

PRODUCT CLUSTERS in 19 SEC Provinces Identified for the Project

Country

Province

Proposed Product Chains

Cambodia



Banteay Meanchey

Silk Production

Battambang

Fresh Water Fish Sauce

Pursat

Pursat Orange

Kampong Chhnang

Pottery & Ceramics

Svay Rieng

“Smach” Rice Production

Koh Kong

Sea Water Fish Sauce

Kampot

Natural Salt Flower Production

Preah Sihanouk

Dry Shrimp

Myanmar

Tanintharyi (Dawei)

Mackerel (Pla Tuu)

Thailand



Chantaburi

Durian Processing

Kanchanaburi

Banana Processing

Prachinburi

Organic Rice

Ratchaburi

Aromatic Coconut Production & Processing

Sa – Kaeo

Aromatic Herb

Trat

Community Based Tourism

Vietnam



Ca Mau

Dried Snakeskin gourami (Pectoralis)

Can Tho

Catfish

Kien Giang

White (Leg) Shrimp

Tay Ninh

Custard Apple