Digitalization will help further the mandate of the GMS 2030 to build a robust, regionally integrated economy that is prepared to withstand a competitive external environment, fully equipped to seize new opportunities, and capable of addressing the medium- to long-term challenges of economic and social risks brought by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

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GMS Digital Economy Cooperation Initiative

The Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Digital Economy Cooperation Initiative was developed and proposed by the People’s Republic of China with the support of other GMS countries and endorsed at the 25th GMS Ministerial Conference. It provides a framework for cooperation to promote inclusive digitalization and the use of advanced technologies in all GMS Program activities and projects.



Promote trade facilitation

Encourage the promotion of cross-border e-commerce development; streamline trade procedures; streamline trade cost reduction; promote wider engagement with enterprises and consumers; maximize the potential of trade digitization; fuel the transformation of traditional trade and high-quality development

Expedite digital connectivity

Accelerate the construction of digital infrastructure; optimize telecommunication access; increase broadband penetration rate

Encourage digital technology innovation

Encourage governments, enterprises, investment institutions, and research institutions to share experiences and best practices in promoting innovation and improving the transfer of innovation; intensify collaboration with international organizations to promote standard compatibility and mutual recognition in the digital field

Accelerate digital finance development

Encourage international and regional financial institutions to support major digital infrastructure investments via capital and financial public products

Improve digital inclusiveness

Strengthen capacity building and technological assistance to cultivate digital talents and increase the participation of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and women

Advance digital governance

Strengthen dialogue and coordination on crucial issues based on mutual interests; explore ways to enhance cooperation for information sharing on laws, regulations, standards, and policy measures

Areas of cooperation

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