Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Kingdom slated to host GMS Summit

Kingdom slated to host GMS Summit

Kingdom slated to host GMS Summit

Cambodia is slated to host the Seventh Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) Summit in the first quarter of 2021, Council for the Development of Cambodia secretary-general Sok Chenda Sophea said on Monday.

Sophea said at the GMS Ministers’ Conference in Siem Reap province on Monday that delegates are to review technical work to guide the GMS strategy framework 2020-2030.

The meetings are to comprise of two levels, Sophea said. The first one is at a technical level, with sector representatives participating with relevant ministries, while the second level is composed of ministerial meetings to review the technical team’s results.

“The upcoming GMS Strategy Framework will include several adjustments since the world and especially our region is undergoing tremendous change and we will likely face lots of big problems in the future,” he said.

The GMS is composed of countries along the Mekong River, including Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Thailand and two Chinese provinces.

The transnational regional body was founded in 1992 aiming to develop border cooperation in agriculture, energy, environment, human resources, information and communication technology, transport, trade and urban development.

Asia Development Bank (ADB) vice-president Ahmed Saeed told The Post that the GMS has invested nearly $23 billion since it was founded.

The ADB, Saeed said, made 42 per cent of the investments, another 26 per cent was provided by GMS governments and that the remainder arrived through various cooperation agreements.

He said Cambodia has received some $1.3 billion in ADB funding for 23 cooperative projects since 1996. There were also two GMS projects on the horizon for Cambodia worth more than $70 million – including road and other projects.

“We have the vision to continue positively contributing to growth, especially in terms of infrastructure in the region,” he said.

At last year’s summit in Hanoi, Cambodia launched 11 transportation projects worth a combined $2.3 billion, the least of any GMS country. Of that total, $1.6 billion came from the Chinese-funded expressway from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville.


  • Ice cream, noodles flagged over carcinogen

    The General Department of Customs and Excise of Cambodia (GDCE) has identified three types of instant noodles and ice cream trademarks originating from Thailand, Vietnam and France that are suspected to contain ethylene oxide, which poses a cancer risk to consumers. The general department has

  • Exclusive interview with Josep Borrell Fontelles, High Representative of the EU

    CAMBODIA is hosting the 55th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM) and Related Meetings this week with top officials from the US, China, and Russia and other countries in the region slated to attend and to meet with face-to-face with their counterparts on the sidelines. In

  • Rise in Thai air routes to Siem Reap fuels travel hopes

    Local tourism industry players are eager for regional airline Bangkok Airways Pcl’s resumption of direct flight services between the Thai capital and Siem Reap town on August 1 – home of Cambodia’s awe-inspiring Angkor Archaeological Park – which is expected to boost the growth rate of

  • ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ meet commences, Taiwan issue possibly on table

    The 55th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM) and related meetings hosted by Cambodia kicks off in Phnom Penh on August 3, with progress, challenges, and the way forward for the ASEAN Community-building on the table. Issues on Taiwan, sparked by the visit of US House Speaker

  • NBC eyes KHQR payments in Laos, Vietnam

    The National Bank of Cambodia (NBC) is working with Lao and Vietnamese authorities to expand the use of KHQR code cross-border payment systems to promote trade and investment as well as increase the scope of regional economic linkages, and in particular, facilitate remittances from overseas

  • Recap of this year’s ASEAN FM meet and look ahead

    This year’s edition of the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM) hosted by Cambodia comes against the backdrop of heightened global tensions and increasing rivalry between major powers that have been compared to the animosity of the Cold War era. The following is The Post’