By 2030, more than 40% of the population in the Greater Mekong Subregion will be living in cities. Photo: ADB.
greatermekong – The subregion is one of the least urbanized areas in the world, but its cities are growing and their economic impact is being felt.
Urbanization levels in the Greater Mekong Subregion are low, ranging from 19.5% in Cambodia to 44.2% in Thailand. However, in all GMS countries, urban areas account for a much larger percentage of the gross domestic product (GDP)—at least half in most countries and about 75% in Thailand—than the share of its national populations.