Not the busiest week up in the PDR, but we did note a few things.
- Beijing's subsidization of its domestic industry - oops, sorry, still a bit early we meant - the construction of the China-Lao railway continues: "General Manager of China Railway International Co., Ltd and Chairman of Laos-China Railway Company Huang Difu requested Chinese units to overcome difficulties, speed up construction of bridges, tunnels and roads at the section, and strengthen the construction of sidewalk reinforcement to ensure smooth progress during the rainy season." Inspiring!
- If you have not followed the story of the "disappearance" of Sombath Somphone, you really should do. In an excellent article by VOA, Vanida S. Thephsouvanh, chairwoman of the Paris-based Lao Movement for Human Rights, stated that "enforced disapearances happen in countries where government has no political will to address or even acknowledge the issue -- countries like Laos, where the government refuses to adequately and effectively investigate cases of enforced disappearances and hold those responsible to for such crimes."
- The Lao government continues its efforts to support its migrant population in Thailand.
- And a quick reminder, if you are planning to attend the 41st Southeast Asian Seminar for “Economic Development in Laos and the Greater Mekong Region," the registration deadline has been extended to September 10th.H Yes, we're excited too.