Border Economies in the Greater Mekong Subregion  

Palgrave Macmillan IDE-JETRO Series

A group of internationally recognised experts examine the recent trends of cross-border movements of people, goods and economic activity at fifteen major borders in the Greater Mekong Sub-region with the aim of predicting the long terms future for this region. In the after math of the IndoChina war this region has been in the process of liberalising cross-border movements, the book illustrates that cross-border movements of goods and people have shown upward trend. The activities categorized into manufacturing industries located at border areas, border trade activities like warehouses and transhipment, and casino and tourism also prosper. However, the authors forecast that border trade activities and manufacturing industries at border areas can decline in the long run when tariff is liberalized and when labor forces move to metropolises in searching for better wages, respectively. However, they suggest that such development can continue in the mid-run with some political intentions of the governments to develop border areas.


■ Border Economies in the Greater Mekong Subregion
■ Edited by ISHIDA Masami
■ £70.00
■ 342pp
■ September 2013
■ ISBN978-1-137-30289-2


List of Tables
List of Figures
Notes on Contributors
List of Abbreviations

PART I: General Views

Prologue: Progress in Cross-Border Movement and the Development of Border Economic Zones
/ Toshihiro Kudo and Masami Ishida

1. Thailand's Approach Toward the Management of Migrant Workers
/ Michiko Ito

2. What is the Cross-Border Transport Agreement (CBTA)?
/ Masami Ishida

PART II. Introducing Each Border in the Greater Mekong Subregion

3. Southern Economic Corridor: Moc Bai-Bavet Border
/ Masaya Shiraishi

4. Cambodia: The Economic Potential of the Thai Border Areas
/ Kenjiro Yagura

5. East-West Economic Corridor: Lao Bao-Dansavanh Border
/ Masaya Shiraishi

6. Impacts of Cross-Border Infrastructure Developments: The Case of the First and Second Lao-Thai Mekong Friendship Bridges
/ Souknilanh Keola

7. Border Development in Myanmar; The Case of the Myawaddy-Mae Sot Border/ Toshihiro Kudo

8. Border Trade and Economic Zones on the North-South Economic Corridor: Focusing on the Connecting Points Between the Four Countries
/ Takao Tsuneishi

9. Economic Disparity of the China-Vietnam Economic Border Regions
/ Ryo Ikebe

10. Myanmar's Border Trade with China: Roads, Gates, and Peace
/ Toshihiro Kudo

PART III Summary

Epilogue: Potentiality of Border Economic Zones and Future Prospects
/ Masami Ishida