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Further, it established a border post and a customs house 15 km away from the border. This area is called the “Muse 105 Miles Trade Zone” because it is located 105 miles from Lashio, a city on the way to Mandalay from Muse. At the Muse 105-mile Trade Zone, warehouses for exporting goods such as fishery products, foodstuffs, and natural rubber and for importing goods such as fertilizers are established separately. These warehouses have provided an advantageous position to traders in Myanmar who negotiate with traders in China.

Second, there has been an increase in the number of tourists of ASEAN countries who visit foreign countries because of economic development. On November 4, 2002, the ASEAN member countries declared to promote tourism among the ASEAN countries and from the rest of the world by exempting visas in accordance with mutual visa exemption agreements and by reducing taxes and levies related to tourism (ASEAN Tourism Agreement). 0% Percent Vietnam (2002) Population pyramids of GMS member countries/regions Source: National Institute of Statistics (2006), National Statistical Center (2008), Central Statistical Organization (2008) and Ishida (2006).

3, some labor force migration is necessary, and the robust legalized framework for dispatching and receiving labor forces presents a considerable challenge for the GMS countries (see Chapter 1). The liberalization of the cross-border movement of goods provides various positive effects. First, adding land routes to foreign trade, mainly occupied by sea and air routes, gives firms more choices; these firms can decrease their logistics costs by optimizing the modal choices. These effects are noteworthy regarding foreign trade with neighboring countries.

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