Laos in 2013: Macroeconomic ambitions, human-centered shortcomings

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)78-82
Number of pages5
JournalAsian Survey
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2014


  • Development
  • Human rights
  • Human security
  • Laos


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