Making the Industrial Estates of the Mekong Region Greener and Smarter


My paper for the ICAICTBM 2013 conference to be held on Hainan Island(*) has been accepted for publication. Here is the abstract:


The use of industrial estates in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) has been very successful in terms of numbers of projects launched, number of factories opened, amount of goods manufactured and so forth. However, although aggregate levels of creation are impressive, it is not clear that the value added to the economies involved overall is very high. One important means of enhancing the quality of the connectivity between economic actors located within an industrial estate and other economic actors in the wider economy. This would involve connectivity that would be characterized as becoming greener and smarter. This paper argues that the concepts of environmental friendliness and intelligent relationships can be folded into the construct of connectivity as a framework for analysis. This is used to inform the study and discussion of a series of case studies of industrial estates within the GMS and helps to refine a future research agenda, which is in the process of being conducted.

Keywords: connectivity, Greater Mekong Subregion, industrial estates, special economic zones

* I have wanted to visit Hainan since I started studying GMSR issues some years ago and this was the chance to do it. More information is available at:


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