In 2013 Laos joined the World Trade Organization, economic growth was over 8%, and graduation from least-developed country status by 2020 remains achievable. But its human development index of 0.543 remained below the regional average. Macro development projects still threaten the vulnerable. The abduction of a prominent campaigner and repatriation of North Korean refugees highlighted human rights challenges.
Research Article| February 01 2014
Laos in 2013: Macroeconomic Ambitions, Human-centered Shortcomings
Asian Survey (2014) 54 (1): 78–82.
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Brendan M. Howe; Laos in 2013: Macroeconomic Ambitions, Human-centered Shortcomings. Asian Survey 1 February 2014; 54 (1): 78–82. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/as.2014.54.1.78
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