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March 18, 2008

GMS prime ministers to attend summit in Laos

Prime ministers of the six countries sharing the Mekong River will convene in Vientiane, Laos, on March 31 for the Third Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Summit, said a press release from the Asia Development Bank (ADB).

The Summit aims to enhance development, economic cooperation among the Mekong countries, including Cambodia, China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam, through greater infrastructure connectivity, trade and transport facilitation, private investment, environmental management, and other measures, it said.

Leaders will discuss coordinated actions to reduce poverty and promote sustainable development for all the countries and people of the GMS by enhancing connectivity and competitiveness, and promoting an increased sense of community, it added.

ADB defines an area of 811,000 square km along the Mekong Riveras GMS. The bank is also responsible for coordinating development issues of the six countries related to the river through various GMS meetings.

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