By Martin Gøttske
The Southeast Asian nations of Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia and Thailand are accelerating the improvement of transnational distribution networks, both by improving hard infrastructure but also by abolishing intraregional tariffs.
The countries are especially focused on a system of “economic corridor” highways spanning the Mekong River region and linking such cities as Ho Chi Minh City and Bangkok.
Intraregional trade continues to expand as the countries’ economies grow and infrastructure strengthens. The value of Thailand’s trade with the other four countries in the region more than tripled over a decade to 31.8 billion USD in 2016.