A development strategy at all costs: the headlong rush?

Couverture ASE2020Éric MOTTET

While there are clear signs of economic recovery and foreign investment is flowing back into the country, there are many internal government problems (corruption, expropriation, forced displacement, general environmental degradation). Lacking solutions to the discontent of the rural and urban populations, Laos seems to have made a fresh start in its policy of unbridled (trains, dams, motorways) and unequal socio-economic development. The Party is convinced that improving regional connectivity is one of the keys to trigger the country's potential growth, with the aim of ending poverty. The question now is whether this development model is appropriate for Laos.

Keywords: Laos, connectivity, hydro-power, international critics, drug trafficking, regional and international integration