John and Alison have shown a concern for the values of education, for the support of the disadvantaged, and for the environment. This has been done within the broad compass of planning and regulation, especially in relation to land and development. So I have chosen a striking example of some of these themes within Asia. I dedicate this to them.

My ambition is to tell a success story — that States can co-operate and deliver results in a reasonable time, and that sometimes small is beautiful. My story is about the Greater Mekong Subregion, and particularly the Cross-Border Transport Facilitation Agreement (CBTA), which supports the East West Economic Corridor (EWEC).