As for the ODA projects, dubbed “Tokyo Strategy 2018,” they will focus on three main areas — effective connectivity, people-centered societies as well as environment and disaster management.”
Among the main challenges the government faces today in relation to land use are land disputes, the inability of the government to give permission to invest in vast land areas, outdated laws and procedures, no connection and compatibility between laws that are enacted in different sectors.
Almost 70 hotels on Phuket have pledged to reduce plastic use – the first in a raft of measures to conserve and preserve the Thai island
However, a key question being asked by the public, scholars and policymakers is whether Laos will truly benefit from serving as a regional land bridge?
An estimated 80 million bombs dropped by the U.S. military in the 1960s and 1970s remain throughout the Southeast Asian country.
The US$60 billion, Washington-based Global Innovation Fund, is a U.S. effort “to more directly compete with China in these developing countries.”
Vietnam prepares to be 4th country to ratify the CPTPP – two more countries to go before implementation of the trade agreement can begin.
While China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has been in the news for a while, Japan is slowly funding the building of supplementary trade corridors in the Mekong region.
But what Mekong countries want seems to be cooperation, not confrontation or competition, between Tokyo and Beijing.
Experts and local officials warn that an increase in deforestation and environmental pollution due to a boom in industrial zones along the rivers are hindering the appeal.