Last week both government and opposition MPs backed a proposal to set up a House committee to study the so-called Thai Canal project, previously known as the Kra Canal project.
Chansaveng Buongnong, chief of Laos’ Department of Energy Policy and Planning, recently assured the media that the latest Luang Prabang project will not affect the river’s ecosystem.
This jointly funded program, which is called Building Resilient Livelihoods in Kayin State, is paving paths out of poverty and dependence.
Laos’ economic development depends alot on mining and hydropower, which breeds new risk for the country’s ambitions to graduate from the United Nation’s Least Developed Country status in 2024.
“In other words, to have mutually beneficial results from BRI engagement, China and Myanmar must cooperate as equal partners with respect for each other.”
Proponents of hydropower are out in full force in Madrid this week, keen to profit from and perpetuate the myth of hydropower’s climate benefits.
Identifying and implementing new business opportunities that leverage the highspeed railway will be central to the ultimate significance of the project for Laos.
Asean’s governments continue to abuse the environment but the regional body’s shared ecological efforts to tackle the issues, like the shared Mekong River, are pitiful.
China knows it’s causing hardship for millions downstream, but focuses on using the media to ensure it controls the Mekong narrative with no “real efforts to fix the problems in the long run.”
For the dam’s investor and supporters, Xayaburi symbolises the “advancing partnership” among Asean members. Yet whether it will lead to “sustainability” remains a big question.