Development Potential for International Shipping on the Lancang - Mekong River in China, Lao PDR, Myanmar, and Thailand

2017-05-16, by Madhurjya Kumar Dutta, from Mekong Institute

Executive Summary:

The Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) has witnessed a rapid economic growth of the member countries over the past two decades. Along with a deeper and greater economic integration process in line with the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) blueprint, the implementation of the Lancang-Mekong (LM) Cooperation Mechanism, China’s “the Belt and the Road” initiative, and other regional and sub-regional cooperation frameworks, there is a greater demand for the development of transport and logistics infrastructure as well as service linkages in the region. There is a need for strengthened coordination and management mechanism of the international navigation on the River, and an improved and harmonized legal system to ensure effective management and development of the navigation channel be in place under the Joint Committee on Coordination of Commercial Navigation (JCCCN) cooperation framework and Quadripartite Agreement. Several aspects should be paid attention to, including cross-border transport regulations, navigation regulations and laws, navigation licensing system, port operation and management, radio navigation system through Global Positioning System (GPS), language used for maritime navigation, navigation security, emergency management, and environmental management.

This article was originally the conference paper for Silk Road Forum 2016 and has been granted authorization to use by Mekong Institute.

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