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FY 2007/2008 Research Topic: 4-23
A Study on the Mekong Region: Focusing on Border Economies


The Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Economic Cooperation Program, implemented at the initiative of the ADB and FTA, is regarded as a driving force of regional integration. It is hoped that access to harbors for “landlocked” countries and regions such as Laos and Yunnan Province in China will be improved by the development of cross-border infrastructures and the promotion of trade.

Hence, one of the aims of the program is to reduce poverty in border areas that are regarded as “hinterlands” hardly reached by economic development. However, in order to vitalize cross-border trade, soft infrastructure development, such as Single Stop Customs Procedure and the Truck Passport System, is necessary in addition to hard infrastructure development.

On the other hand, negative impacts from economic development along border areas have been also reported. Women and children from poor areas have often been victims of human trafficking, and the invigorated movement of people across borders has also increased the risk of infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS and Avian Flu.

Economic development in the emerging “border areas” in the Mekong region is diverse, as are the problems it faces. In this research project, we will focus on the economic and social situations and institutional rules in the “border areas.”


April 2007 - March 2009


Members of the Research Project

KEOLA Souknilanh
KUDO Toshihiro
IKEBE Ryo (Deputy Director General of JETRO, Guangzhou)
TSUNEISHI Takao (Representative of IDE-JETRO Bangkok)