The outcome, “is emblematic of the weakness of prosecution in places like Thailand in general.”
The Laos government hopes the passenger and freight railway will boost tourism and trade and bring prosperity to its seven million citizens, but at what costs?
There is a significant need for Mekong region countries to upgrade their infrastructure to take on a larger share of global manufacturing, said Sok Siphana, chairman of independent Cambodian think-tank Asian Vision Institute (AVI).
Doubts now casts on Myanmar’s commitment to the key recommendation in the IFC’s SEA that five of its mainstem rivers be reserved from hydropower development.
The law does not specify how to tackle companies which bypass the size restrictions, for example, by applying small or medium-scale licences next to each other.