The Cambodia Development Resource Institute (CDRI) and International Development Research Centre (IDRC) of Canada launched the Greater Mekong Subregion Research Network (GMS-Net), formerly known as the Greater Mekong Subregion Development Analysis Network (GMS-DAN), is an established research network of countries in the Greater Mekong Subregion since 1992, This aims of the GMS-Net is to gather high quality development research projects on labour markets in Mekong countries that generates concrete evidence-informed policy solutions to improve the current situation.

The research projects will contribute to addressing current and future labour market challenges facing countries in the region by supporting a regional network of researchers to examine policies and practices conducive to skills development and improved working conditions in non-agricultural labour markets for young, low-skilled and female workers and those belonging to ethnic communities.

CDRI, a leading independent policy research institute, serves as the hub of GMS-Net, which covers a dozen of research projects from research institutions and organisations in the region.

Specific objectives of GMS-Net are:

* Develop policy options, new practices and institutional arrangements for more jobs with better working conditions, especially in the context of the ASEAN Economic Community.

* Examine the current role of the private sector in job creation (labour market demand) and workforce skills development (labour market supply).

* Promote young regional talent to lead policy research and reform options.