Monday, February 2, 2015
Laos's development outlook.
Second-stage construction of the Xayaburi hydroelectric dam began on January 26, as part of Vientiane's wider scheme for national infrastructure development. Laos's development efforts have long been accompanied by considerable international criticism of its human rights record. These criticisms will acquire fresh significance as Vientiane intensifies development efforts anticipating the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) in late 2015, and prepares to take the ASEAN chair in 2016.