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4th greater Mekong Subregion Summit

12-21-2011 10:22 BJT

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After the conclusion of the summit today, a new decade-long strategic framework was signed by leaders of the six GMS countries. Let’s now dig a bit deeper into the background of the Greater Mekong Subregion Summit.

The new strategic framework conducted from this year’s summit, will apply from 2012 to 2022, focusing on issues that are posing a serious threat to the economic development of the subregion such as climate change, energy efficiency and food security.

Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) leaders, from left, Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech
Hunsen, Laotian Prime Minister Thongsing Thannavong, Myanmar's President Thein Sein,
Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung
and State Councilor of the People's Republic of China Dai Bingguo pose for photo
during 2nd day GMS summit at Myanmar International Convention Center (MICC) in Nay
Pyi Taw, Myanmar, Tuesday, Dec.20, 2011.

The Greater Mekong Subregion is not a geological region, but rather, a development project initiated by the Asian Development Bank in 1992 that brought together the six countries which share the Mekong River basin, namely Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, and the Yunnan Province of China. The region is considered a significant biodiversity hotspot by Conservation International and the World Wildlife Fund.

The first GMS Summit was held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia in 2002, during which the first 10-year GMS Strategic Framework from 2002 to 2012 was adopted. The second GMS Summit was held in 2005 in Kunming, China, and the third was held in Laos in 2008.

The GMS mechanism has worked extraordinarily well in improving economic growth and reducing poverty. By the end of 2010, the Subregion has launched 227 cooperation projects with member countries in areas like - transportation, energy, electricity, environment and tourism with capital investment reaching nearly 14 billion US dollars last year.

Myanmar's President Thein Sein speaks during the opening ceremony
of the fourth Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Summit at Naypyitaw,
December 20, 2011.

Chinese State Councilor Dai Bingguo attends the Fourth Greater Mekong Subregion
(GMS) Summit at the Myanmar International Convention Center in Nay Pyi Taw on Dec.
20, 2011. The Fourth GMS Summit opened here Tuesday under the theme "Beyond 2012:
Towards a New Decade of GMS Strategic Development Partnership". (Xinhua/Li Tao)

Officials from the Greater Mekong Subregion Economic Cooperation (GMS) countries
attend the Final Task Force Meeting during the fourth GMS Summit in the Myanmar
International Convention Centre (MICC),in Yangon, Myanmar Monday, Dec. 19, 2011.

Myanmar's President Thein Sein, right, welcomes Thai Prime Minister Yingluck
Shinawatra as she arrives to attend dinner in honor of Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS)
countries in Yangon, Myanmar Monday, Dec. 19, 2011.

Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung (2nd L) with his wife and Myanmar President
Thein Sein and his wife pose before a gala dinner to mark the Fourth GMS Summit at
Myanmar International Convention Centre (MICC) in Naypyitaw December 19, 2011.


Editor:Zhang Rui |Source: CNTV.CN

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