BRIDGING BORDERS: GMS CONNECTIVITY FOR INCLUSIVITY AND SUSTAINABILITY
Advances in the freight and logistics sector are integral in improving cross-border trade in the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS). Freight movement has increased over the years just as transport infrastructure developments – from the building of border gates and bridges to the massive railway projects under China’s Belt and Road Initiative – continue. Amidst these developments, it is important to ask how we can build on these initiatives to further strengthen connectivity, promote inclusivity and foster greater sustainability in our region.
Thailand’s Chairmanship of the ASEAN this year makes these discussions doubly significant as it puts greater importance on building connectivity across the countries in the region and espouses “connecting the connectivity.”
The discussions in the Joint Mekong Forum - GMS Logistics Forum 2019 aim to expound on the critical infrastructural and legal frameworks to support trade flow in the GMS; broaden awareness on the capacity needs of the region’s connectivity network; and share ideas on ways digital technology can be used to enhance the region’s logistics industry.
JULY 24 | FORUM SESSIONS
The ultimate objective of a seamless logistics sector is an efficient supply chain that drives forward the region's economic growth. This session will tackle issues concerning infrastructural and legal frameworks that are vital to enabling an environment conducive to cross-border trade.
A strong technical knowledge and resource base are integral in building a robust and agile logistics network. This session will expound on the capacity building needs of the region's logistics industries (freight, transport, maritime and airways) and thereby offer a guidepost for policy, human resource and infrastructural interventions.
Digital technologies offer immense potentials for the GMS logistics sector to fully become a dynamic driver of regional connectivity, bridging the Mekong countries physically and virtually. This session will discuss ways by which logistics industries -- freight and transport, maritime and airways -- are transforming the way they do things through digital technology.
JULY 25 | BUSINESS MATCHING & SIDE EVENTS
A special business matching event will gather a selected number of logistics service providers, freight and transport companies and other enterprises working in logistics in Cambodia, P.R. China, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand ad Vietnam. The business matching will offer these companies an opportunity to exchange business information and discuss possible areas for collaboration.
DISSEMINATION WORKSHOP - TRADE FACILITATION OFFICE (TFO), CANADA
The Trade Facilitation Office (TFO) Canada invites policymakers, academics and members of the private sector to a dissemination workshop of TFO's initiatives and projects directed at enabling better trade opportunities and creating a conducive market environment for agro-food enterprises in the Mekong countries.
SEMINAR ON WATER INFRASTRUCTURE CHALLENGES IN MEKONG REGION - ORGANISATION FOR ECONOMIC CO-OPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT (OECD), MEKONG INSTITUTE, ADBI
Investment in expanding and upgrading infrastructure will be critical in driving growth and development in the Mekong region. Water-related infrastructure, in particular, could contribute significantly to the development of the region, improve wellbeing and human development, including improvements to health and safety. Some water-related infrastructure opportunities are the use of inland waterways for economic corridors and maritime shipping.
This seminar will discuss water infrastructure in the Mekong region, the potentials of maritime shipping and private financing for water supply by the use of spill over tax revenues, based on a new project prepared jointly by the OECD, Mekong Institute and ADBI.
To join the Joint Mekong Forum and GMS Logistics Forum 2019, please fill out the registration form and email to:
Ms. Pornwilai Pumira
External Relations Manager
Tel. 66 (0) 43 202 4112 ext. 1102
Deadline extended until July 17, 2019.