The 25th Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Ministerial Conference was held in Luang Prabang, Laos, on December 8.
With the theme of "Accelerating Economic Recovery to Expand 30 Years of GMS Achievements Toward Inclusive and Sustainable Development", the conference's attendees discussed the achievements of the GMS Economic Cooperation Program over the past year and its future development.
The conference approved a series of GMS deliverables, including the GMS Regional Investment Framework 2023-2025, GMS Digital Economy Cooperation Initiative, GMS Gender Equality Strategy, and the GMS Outcomes Evaluation Framework, and released a joint ministerial statement.
The conference was chaired by Khamjane Vongphosy, Lao Minister of Planning and Investment, and Ahmed M. Saeed, Vice-President of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), as co-chairs of the conference.
Government officials from GMS member countries, including China, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam, as well as representatives from GMS development partners, such as the ADB, participated in the conference.
Entrusted by the Chinese government, Xiang Fangqiang, Charge d'Affaires ad Interim of the Chinese Embassy in Laos, led the Chinese delegation to attend the conference.
Lu Jin, Deputy Director-General of the Department of International Economic and Financial Cooperation of China's Ministry of Finance, representatives from China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and National Healthcare Security Administration, and officials of Southwest China's Yunnan province attended the conference.