Economic experts gather in Laos

VIENTIANE, 28 August 2017: The deadline for booking a place at the 41st Southeast Asian Seminar for “Economic Development in Laos and the Greater Mekong Region has been extended to 10 September.

Organised by the Centre for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University and the Faculty of Economics and Business Management, National University of Laos, the event will be hosted in Lao PDR’s capital, Vientiane, 2 to 7 November.

According to the organiser’s blurb, Greater Mekong Sub-region countries Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar and Laos share several common economic development strategies that provide opportunities for investment.

The focus is on investment in the agricultural sector, industrialisation with foreign technology, as well as management of exports in the natural resources sector.

The GMS also includes China’s two provinces, Yunnan and Guang Xi that present “vital issues” linked to development of the region.

Breaking down into five sessions the event will focus on:

Economic development and agriculture;

Extractive industry and foreign capital;

Water utilisation / trans-boundary river management;

Energy/electricity Development;

Greater Mekong Development and China.

Lectures and group discussions will be supplemented with field observations in the Vientiane area.

The Southeast Asia seminar has been held annually by the Centre for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University since 1976.

The seminar offers four days of intensive lectures by experts on Southeast Asia, together with presentations and group discussion by the participants.

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