Poor basic infrastructure that impeded economic cooperation in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) underpinned the preparation of the Northern Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Transport Network Improvement Project.
Solomon Islands consists of six large islands, dozens of smaller islands, and hundreds of islets and atolls. It has a land area of 28,000 square kilometers (km). Until 2009, more than 80% of its population was rural, living in widely dispersed villages of a few hundred persons.
Until 2009, the small, remote state of Mizoram in India’s northeast region, had a weak economic base and poor infrastructure. Improving this condition was contingent on several factors, not the least of which was a strong fiscal position of the state. Due to substantial grants from the central government, Mizoram attained a revenue surplus during most of 2003−2009.