News from: Al Jazeera, Brookings, Defense News, Defense One, East Asia Forum, Global Times, Reuters, The Jamestown Foundation AFRICA Africa needs smarter investment in digital infrastructure: Strategies for enticing the private sector. Tara Nathan, Brookings: Weak infrastructure is widely accepted as a fundamental limitation to growth in Africa. Governments in the region struggle to meet […]
China and Laos on Tuesday signed the first inter-governmental agreement on railway cooperation for the soon-to-launch 1,035-kilometer China-Laos railway, creating a framework for cross-border transportation, China’s national railway authority said on Tuesday. Agreement signed for China-Laos Railway, framework for cross-border transport – Global Times
Nguyen Khac Giang, Victoria University of Wellington In March, Vietnam announced it had gifted a new parliament building worth US$111 million to Laos. The move reflects Hanoi’s unease over Beijing’s growing influence over its closest ally. China has overtaken Vietnam as the largest investor and lender in Laos. Keeping Laos by Vietnam’s side is a top foreign policy priority […]
Sandra Seno-Alday Laos is one of the fastest growing economies in Southeast Asia. From 2010 to 2018, it realised the second highest compound annual growth rate (CAGR) in exports in the region, next only to Vietnam. The country’s rapid growth in exports is more remarkable considering it is the only landlocked country in Southeast Asia.