Ensuring that tourism revenue is distributed in an inclusive manner will be key to funding management work as well as directly benefiting local communities.
But experts fear the coronavirus health crisis and increasing debt to China may prevent Laos from reaching its goal.
The first reason for the surge in financial liability was the huge loans taken on to finance the construction of hydropower projects, which significantly fuelled public debt.
Dam construction and the ensuing displacement are playing a role in exacerbating the impacts of climate change and their inequities.
Around 500 families affected by the construction in Laos’ northwestern Oudomxay province still lack adequate shelter and access to clean water.
The planned Vangvieng-Luang Prabang expressway – will shorten the drive between the two tourist hotspots to about 90 minutes.
Government urged to address the fact that it buys electricity from dam operators at a high cost but sells it at a lower price, which is contrary to general business principles.
In February a special U.N. committee that vets the countries’ progress every three years may decide that Laos is ready to graduate
Thai developer clearing land for the project is permitted to proceed with limited construction despite having yet to sign a hydropower sale pact required for approval.
Revoking ASEAN membership for Cambodia and Laos for allowing an external power (China) to exert influence on them.