The Plenary session of the 6th GMS Summit with the theme "Leveraging on 25 Years of Cooperation, and Building a Sustainable, Integrated and Prosperous GMS kicks off today in Vietnam.
Leaders of 6 GMS countries: Vietnam, Cambodia, People's Republic of China, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and heads of Asian Development Bank, World Bank and ASEAN are speaking at the 6th GMS Summit in Hanoi.
ADB President Takehiko Nakao expressed his gratitude to the Government of Vietnam for hosting GMS Summit and extending warm hospitality to all participants.
We anticipate GMS countries to be among fastest growing economies in Asia and Pacific, which will strengthen their middle-income status. Over next 5 years, ADB expects to provide USD 7 billion for current and future GMS projects in a variety of sectors, such as transport, tourism, energy, climate change mitigation and adaptation and others, he expressed while addressing the session.
He also highlighted that the GMS countries have made tremendous progress over last few decades, with impressive gains in connectivity, competitiveness, and community. With support from ADB and other donors, GMS Program has financed projects totaling nearly USD21 billion over past 25 years.
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Prayut Chan-o-cha, PM, Thailand stated, "We won't leave anyone behind as we all belong to one family of GMS region."
The summit highlights the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Greater Mekong Subregion Economic Cooperation Program, capitalizing on the strong support of member countries to showcase project results, strong partnerships among countries, the Asian Development Bank and other development partners, and the program's pioneering role in regional cooperation.