Border Economies in the Greater Mekong Subregion by Masami Ishida (eds.)

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In addition, when the import tariff is removed with the introduction of regional integration schemes such as the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) and ACFTA, the importance of bonded zones at border areas can be decreased. In this context, the declination of border trade zones may be earlier than the border industrial zones. 3 Border tourism and casinos At night, neon billboards showing such names as “Las Vegas” and “Le Macau” illuminate the city of Bavet, a border city of Cambodia with Vietnam. Casinos can be seen not only at Bavet, but also at several border cities in the GMS.

Acknowledging that effective migrant worker management could not be achieved simply by repeating migrant worker registration, the Thai government has decided to introduce a process to fully legalize the statuses of migrant workers. The migrant workers eligible for legalization were limited to those who possessed valid work permits at the time of applying for the legalization process. In order to increase the number of eligible migrants for the legalization process, the Thai government revised the eligibility for the acquisition of work permits in 2008 so that all migrants who have received migrant ID cards from the MOI anytime since 2004 could apply for work permits in 2008, followed by the legalization process.

Chapter 5, “East–West Economic Corridor: The Lao Bao–Dansavanh Border Gate” by Masaya Shiraishi, discusses the Lao Bao–Dansavanh Border with an angle of being on the EWEC. Chapter 6, “Impacts of Cross-border Infrastructure Development: The Case of the First and Second Lao–Thai Mekong Friendship Bridges” by Souknilanh Keola, discusses the impacts of the Second Mekong Friendship Bridge between Savannakhet of Laos and Mukdahan of Thailand on the economy of Laos, with comparisons of the First Mekong Friendship Bridge between Vientiane and Nong Khai and the Third Mekong Bridge between Thakek and Nakhon Panom.

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