Cross-border Infrastructure

Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Program

The Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Program comprises Cambodia, two provinces of the People’s Republic of China, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Myanmar, Thailand, and Viet Nam. One of the main focuses of the GMS Program is to improve connectivity in the subregion through strengthening linkages in transport, energy, and telecommunications. The GMS Program provides assistance to the facilitation of cross-border transport of goods and people in GMS. It also aids the implementation of high priority projects on regional public goods as well as in various other sectors.


The new GMS Strategic Framework 2012-2022 has been adopted at the 4th GMS Summit in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar in December 2011. The new Strategic Framework is anchored on the corridor-development approach. It focuses on multisector investments to widen and deepen the GMS economic corridors, including urban development, connections to maritime gateways, improved transport and trade facilitation, and other means to enhance competitiveness of the corridors. The ADB regularly releases GMS e-Updates.