Deputy Minister U Bharat Singh participates in web-based Conference for 24th Ministerial Conference (MC 24) of Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS)

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Deputy Minister U Bharat Singh takes part in 24th GMS Ministrial Conference online on 4 November.  Photo : MNA

Deputy Minister for Investment and Foreign Economic Relations U Bharat Singh attended the 24th Ministerial Conference of the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) via videoconference on the morning of 4 November 2020. The conference was chaired by Ms Zou Jiayi, Vice-Minister of Finance, People’s Republic of China and co-chaired by Mr Ahmed M. Saeed, ADB Vice President for East Asia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific. During the video conference, the GMS Secretariat and ADB representatives presented on progress made regarding the longer-term GMS Strategy 2030, and the medium-term GMS COVID-19 Recovery and Response Plan 2021-2023.
The GMS ministers offered comments and guidance on those plans and articulated preferred next steps. Representatives presented reports on the Development Partners Meeting, the 11th Economic Corridor Forum and GMS Business Council Meeting, held last month.
The ADB presented recommendations drawn from a study titled ‘Greater Mekong Subregion 2030 and Beyond: Integration, Upgrading, Cities and Connectivity’. GMS Ministers then provided recommendations and responses to these reports. Mr Sok Chenda Sophea, the GMS Minister of Cambodia then presented preparations and arrangements for the upcoming 7th GMS Summit, to be hosted by Cambodia in March 2021.
During the final session, GMS Ministers endorsed the third progress report of the Regional Investment Framework 2022 and the Joint Ministerial Statement. The Conference came to an end with the closing remarks delivered by the Chair.
The conference was attended by GMS Ministers, Deputy Ministers, National Coordinators and Senior Officials from six GMS member countries (Cambodia, the People’s Republic of China, Laos PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam), representatives from both development partner and private sector organizations as well as the representatives of ADB.—MNA

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