Project on “Sustainable Freight Transport and Logistics in the Mekong Region” Launched on 2 June 2016 in Bangkok
June 02, 2016

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On June 2, 2016, the European Union (EU), GIZ, the GMS Freight Transport Association (GMS-FRETA) and the Mekong Institute (MI) launched a new project on “Sustainable Freight Transport and Logistics in the Mekong Region”. The project aims to improve fuel and energy efficiency, environmental performance, occupational health and safety in the freight transport and logistics sector. It is targeting 500 SMEs during the 3 years of project implementation. The project has received financial support of 2.4 million Euro (about 96 million THB) from the EU and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). GIZ works with the GMS-FRETA and the Mekong Institute as implementing partners. Associations, such as the freight forwarders associations, the trucks association and the ASEAN Transport Association, will be also involved to ensure successful implementation. Under the SWITCH Asia Programme, the project will help Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Vietnam (CLMV) and Thailand to upgrade the quality and standards of their transportation and logistics sectors to international levels and invest in technology that is more efficient, safe and environmentally friendly. It will also promote awareness and set up policy support measures on the standards of labels, regulations and initiatives for modern transportation systems.