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GMS Business Networks (GMSBN)

About the project

This online platform was developed within the context of the establishment of the ASEAN Economic Community in December 2015. The AEC was an important milestone and has the potential to have a profound effect on regional and global value chains (R & GVC’s) and the ways businesses operate in the Mekong countries.

The Community’s vision of an ASEAN single market and production base presents significant opportunities for economic growth and development in the future, both for the Mekong countries and the Republic of Korea. The Mekong region is comprised of five countries, namely Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam and Thailand.

Map of the member countries of the Asean Economic Community (AEC)

Project details

Client name:
Mekong Institute for Development and Cooperation
Bangkok, Thailand & Yangon, Myanmar
May, 2016
Feb, 2017
Communications management and web development


Mekong Institute trusted us to develop an online portal showcasing the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Business Forum.

More than just a showcase website, the GMS Business Networks is the first one-stop interactive platform facilitating economic development in the GMS. It aims to provide a dynamic platform for business development in the Mekong region. It offers matchmaking services for all companies in the region with a particular focus on small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).

We were proud to assist Mekong Institute successfully implement this ambitious project aiming at realizing investment opportunities in the Mekong region.

Main outputs

  • Web portal creation and maintenance: www.gmsbiznetworks.com
  • Frontend public interface
  • Backend admin CMS
  • Company database
  • Business matching system
  • Graphic Design
  • Web development (HTML, PHP, WordPress, MySQL)
  • Email configuration
  • Mailing software setup

Company database

The project contributed to development results by way of rapid economic growth in the Mekong countries through enhancing the competitiveness of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in the CLMVT countries. This was be achieved, in part, through market linkages with the Korean business and integration into regional and global value chains.

The ultimate goal of this project was to support inclusive and more equitable development by supporting the integration of small and medium sized enterprises (SME) into regional and global value chains.


  • Company listing and profiles
  • Advanced search engine
  • User interface for company registration
  • Business matching system
Screenshot of the company registration page
Participant registering in the forum
Business matching session organized during the forum

4th Mekong-Republic of Korea (ROK) Business Forum

In order to promote private sector investment and exchange, the Republic of Korea and the Mekong countries (Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam) have established the ‘Mekong–Republic of Korea Business Forum’. The forum was first launched in 2013 in Bangkok, and successive events were held in Hanoi and Phnom Penh in 2014 and 2015 respectively.

The forum is an effective platform to connect Korean companies with businesses based in the Mekong countries. With support from the Republic of Korea, the Mekong Institute launches the ‘Mekong– Republic of Korea Business Forum’ in the Mekong countries to facilitate a more inclusive and broad-based integration of the regional economy. From 2016 to 2021, the Mekong Institute will facilitate the ‘Mekong– Republic of Korea Business Forum’ as an annual event to promote business network and investment among Korea and the Mekong countries.


  • Online visibility
  • On-site business matching system
  • Event Agenda (PDF)
  • User manual (PDF)
  • System manual​ (PDF)