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.
The autocratisation of the Mekong region has significant implications at a time when its giant neighbour China continues a long march to the south.
Company agrees to comply with government regulations, but villagers want banana plantations shut down.