WGE 19th Annual Meeting and WGA 10th Annual Meeting

Xiengkhouang, Lao PDR 2 to 4 April 2013

Cross-sector collaboration is central to the long-term success of the GMS Economic Cooperation Program, particularly among inter-dependent sectors such agriculture and environment.

To explore these linkages and initiate increased collaboration, the Working Group on Agriculture (WGA) and the Working Group on Environment (WGE) held a joint knowledge event ‘Facilitating Green Pro-poor Value Chains in the GMS’ on 2 April 2013 in Xiengkhouang, Lao PDR. The event drew on regional expertise and case studies to establish a common understanding of environment and agriculture linkages.This was followed by discussions on opportunities for collaboration between the Working Group’s respective programs, the Core Agricultural Support Program and the Core Environment Program.

The following day, 3 April, the two Working groups held parallel Annual Meetings– the 19th for the WGE and the 10th for the WGA – where progress was reported on and upcoming work priorities discussed.

The three-day event wrapped up with a field trip on 4 April where participants visited organic vegetable, silk and tea farms, a wood craft center, as well as the famous Plain of Jars.

More than 130 participants attended the event, including 60 senior government officials from the six GMS countries’ agricultural and environmental ministries, as well as  transport, energy, and tourism officials. ADB  representatives, as well as key development and private sector partners wew also taking part.The event was being organized by the WGA Secretariat and GMS Environment Operations Center (WGE Secretariat) together with Lao PDR’s Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) and Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE). 

Please find presentations, speeches and other meeting materials below:


File Name Size Modified
Full​-Agenda​-2 April.pdf 285 KB 02-04-2013
WGE​-WGA​-Joint​-AM​-Participant List.pdf 199 KB 09-04-2013

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