Seminars & Events
"Railways in the GMS: Regional Linkages VS Regional Development"
Rational and Background
ASEAN’s Regional Connectivity scheme is one of the most significant regional development plans which aims to help Southeast Asia to improve its regional linkages. In mainland Southeast Asia, the development of economic corridors and railway systems have gained a significant interest from the governments and external regional actors, such as Japan, China, USA, South Korea, and regional development organizations. The financial and technical assistance has been allocated through many platforms and channels to support the construction and development of both ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ infrastructure.
Apart from economic corridors which seek to link region, the railway also plays important role in facilitating the mobilization of goods, services and people. However, the railway system in the GMS area was developed under different regional connectivity development scheme. As ADB proposed in the ‘Review of Configuration of the Greater Mekong Subregion Economic Corridors’ (2018) that the railway and other modes of transportation should be integrated more into the regional development scheme. Nevertheless, the implications and significances of GMS railway have not been widely discussed. Particularly, the railway development is now also one of the areas of cooperation that Japan and China have been contributed to and engaged with. The Chinese and Japanese government have been allocated its financial and technical assistance to ‘develop’ the GMS area. The engagement of Japan and China have shaped the regional infrastructure arrangements in many aspects, geopolitical and economic dimensions in particular.
This seminar will provide a platform for scholars to present their analyses and opinions on GMS railway development. The main questions of this seminar are based on three main questions. Firstly, how could the railway development contribute to regional development? Secondly, what is the current situation of railway development in the GMS area? Thirdly, what would be the implications and prospects of GMS railway development?
September 11, 2019 (Wednesday) 8:30-12:00
"Railway for Further Regional Development"*
"The Lao-Chinese High-Speed Railway"*
"ASEAN Connectivity Revisited: Prospects and Implications of Roads and Railways in the GMS"
*Subject to Change
- IDE-JETRO Bangkok Research Center
- School of International Affairs, Faculty of Political Science and Public Administration, Chiang Mai University
- Center for ASEAN Studies, Chiang Mai University
Ms. Pornchanok SENASUTIPHAN
School of International Affairs, Faculty of Political Science and Public Administration, Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai, 50200 Thailand
Tel: (+66) 053-942-987