Even without rapid investment in the EEC, Thailand’s flagship development project, core provinces such as Chon Buri and Rayong are already suffering chronic water shortages.
Colluding with corrupt officials on both sides of the border to move illegally harvested timber from Cambodia’s Mondulkiri province into neighboring Vietnam in spite of government calls to halt trade.
China’s growing influence – through its new multilateral institution – is reshaping the environmental and economic future of Southeast Asia
Government ill-equipped to handle the emergency, with notices going up and down the chain of command, redundant communications and general confusion about when to start evacuations.
Even if the Thailand 4.0 initiative is successful, its economic benefits would be rather limited. The Thai economy would only expand at 3.1 percent while millions of jobs could be lost.
Yu Veasna, a land rights activist from Sihanoukville, said Chinese investors in the area had encroached on the Prek Toub lake in the town, which was the main water source for the local community.
A recent survey suggests that Cambodia, Myanmar and Thailand have also established SEZs and are offering greater incentives than Laos.