Laos: Beyond the Revolution by Joseph J. Zasloff, Leonard Unger

By Joseph J. Zasloff, Leonard Unger

This paintings includes papers awarded at a convention referred to as "Current advancements in Laos" in Washington DC in 1988. the themes lined variety from Lao nationalism and American coverage, 1954-1959, to Laotian refugees in Thailand.

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They concentrate upon only a few projects to which they attach great importance. He estimated that the Lao had been able to use only about 50 per cent of the aid available to them during the first five-year plan (1981 - 5). The COMECON nations have concluded therefore that their projects should be small-scale, fewer in number, and concentrated in fewer fields. These problems of the LPDR bureaucracy must be understood within the cultural context of Laos. As a peasant society at the lower end of the modernisation scale, Laos has adopted few of the work routines associated with modern administration.

He pointed out that Laos is reaching to the outside world, not simply the socialist, but the capitalist countries as well, and particularly to neighbouring nations for trade, technology, capital, and expert advice. Affecting the largest segment of the Lao 34 Political Constraints on Development in Laos population is Kaysone's acknowledgement that the campaign to collectivise the agriculture of Laos was imprudent. Henceforth land will be allocated to families for private exploitation, for which they will pay only a tax.

Zasloff 19 in July 1987 appropriated 6 million ECUs for assistance to Laos. An important portion of French aid was for French language training and cultural development. In summary, bilateral aid programs concentrated on projects in agriculture, transport, forestry, and mining. Agriculture development included livestock management and the expansion of irrigation projects. Road development retained high priority, with work continuing to complete Route 9, which would provide an outlet to the sea through Vietnam, and rehabilitation of Route 13, the single road running from north to south in Laos.

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