Country Risk Summary: LAOS

August 2003
Asia Monitor: South East Asia Monitor Volume 1;Aug2003, Vol. 14 Issue 8, p8
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This article presents a risk profile for Laos, as of August 1, 2003. The arrest of two foreign journalists investigating Laos's ethnic Hmong minority has focused international attention on the issue. Reports of human rights abuses have surfaced but Laos's isolation from the rest of the world on both a political and economic front suggests that international pressure for change is unlikely. Despite a likely slump in tourism from falling visitors numbers across Asia due to the SARS crisis, and the bus attacks in Laos along popular tourist roads earlier in the year, Laos's central bank governor remains convinced that the economy remains on track for 6.0 percent growth of this year.


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