Discussion Papers

No.035 Effectiveness and Challenges of Three Economic Corridors of the Greater Mekong Sub-region

by ISHIDA Masami

August 2005


Since the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) program began in 1992, activities have expanded and flourished. The three economic corridors are composed of the East-West, North-South, and Southern; these are the most important parts of the flagship program. This article presents an evaluation of these economic corridors and their challenges in accordance with the regional distribution of population and income, population pyramids of member countries, and trade relations of member economies.

Keywords: GMS, Mekong, Population, Trade, Human Resource
JEL classification: R12, J60, O22, F10

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