On 14 July, Dr. Zaw Oo, Executive Director, CESD and Min Zar Ni Lin, Senior Technical and Policy Analyst, CESD spoke at the Mekong Forum 2017, an annual gathering of opinion leaders, international organizations and scholars that work towards shaping the development agenda in the Greater Mekong Subregion.


Dr. Zaw Oo, with other delegates at the Mekong Forum 2017

With the theme “New Geo-economics: Reshaping the Future of the GMS?”, this year’s Mekong Forum, held in Kon Kaen, a city in the northeast of Thailand, focused on global transformations and its effect to the GMS, improving risk management for governments and businesses, and the increasing importance of regional and international cooperation in the light of the new geo-economics.


Min Zar Ni Lin speaking at the Mekong Forum 2017

Dr. Zaw Oo, spoke on readjusting trade and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) strategies in the GMS region, and how countries in the GMS region can explore ways to adapt to new trends in global trade and investment. Min Zar Ni Lin spoke addressed the need to strengthen cooperation among GMS countries in order to maximise development and opportunities brought by the new geo-economics. Specifically, his presentation addressed issues surrounding migration and regional development cooperation from a Myanmar perspective.

Watch Mekong Forum discussions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9JOQEJ0kMGQ

For details on CESD’s presentation at the Mekong Forum, please write to: media.cesd@gmail.com