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FY 2006/2007 Research Topic: 3-02
Toward a Single Market of the Greater Mekong Sub-region -The Potentiality of the Three Economic Corridors -


The construction of the Second International Bridge over the Mekong River between Mukdahan in Thailand and Savannakhet in Laos will be completed in December, 2006. This bridge is a strategically important point on the East-West Economic Corridor, one of the flagship programs of the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) economic cooperation program, as well as the North-South Economic Corridor and the Southern Economic Corridor. The GMS economic cooperation program was initiated in 1992 between Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam and China. The East-West Economic Corridor connects Danang in Vietnam and Mawlamyaine in Myanmar by way of Laos and Thailand. In other words, it connects the Pacific Ocean and the Indian Ocean by crossing the Indochina Peninsula. The North-South Economic corridor is composed of the route between Bangkok and Kunming in Yunnan Province by way of both Myanmar and Laos; the route between Kunming and Haiphong by way of Hanoi, and the route between Hanoi and Nanning in Guangxi Province, and Guangzhou City exist as an extension of this route. The Southern Economic Corridor connects the three big cities, Ho chi Minh, Phnom Penh and Bangkok. This research project aims at analyzing the impact of these three economic corridors on the respective countries, and also analyzing the cross-border barriers.


July 2006 - March 2007


Members of the Research Project

KUDO Toshihiro
ZHU Zhengming (Professor of Yunnan Academy of Social Science)
IKEBE Ryo (Deputy Director General of JETRO, Guangzhou)
KEOLA Souknilanh