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.
Despite fears raised by residents over the recent influx of its nationals, an official from the Asian giant on Monday said President Xi Jinping is pushing for further investment in the coastal area.
In Cambodia, the large-scale, unchecked exploitation of natural resources such as land, timber and minerals has long had heavy impacts on the environment, and has prompted environmental activists and affected communities to campaign against the companies involved.
Vietnam is among the most vulnerable nations to climate change impacts, yet research has found that Vietnam is also home to abundant renewable energy potential, which could help alleviate some of these threats.
Trawler nets, illegal dynamite fishing, sand dredging and marine pollution have had a devastating effect on turtle populations
The 420MW Dau Tieng project in Vietnam will become the largest solar power project in Southeast Asia when it is complete.
A workshop was held in Hanoi on October 30 to review the project “Creation of an overarching framework for Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) and measuring, reporting, and verification in Vietnam”.