Crossing Cambodia

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Lao warning

A vendor rides on a bicycle with handphone-shaped baloons for sale along a street in Vientiane. Communist Laos, one of Asia's poorest countries, can achieve its goal of becoming a middle-income economy by 2020 if it pushes reforms and manages its natural resources wisely, according to the World Bank.

Wise advise from the World Bank? Who knows?

Anyway the consumers in Lao will be paying slightly more for their gas,
thanks to a fuel tax raise. The government explains where the money comes from and what it uses it for, what the amounts are and why it's not adequate.Transparency from a staunch 'Communist' led regime?
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