Archive for May, 2012
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“Long one of the poorest countries in Southeast Asia, Laos has moved in recent years to capitalize on the region’s robust economic growth* and increased integration by recasting itself as a “corridor country” able to facilitate cross-border trade across its land-locked territory. This plan is highly dependent on the cooperation of and interaction with neighboring countries that have traditionally treated Laos as a strategic buffer or quasi-colony, contributing to its isolation and underdevelopment, and until recently showed little sign of changing their approach.
However, competition in Southeast Asia among China, the United States, India and Japan has led these countries and others to increase their interest in Laos. Vientiane senses an opportunity** to mitigate the country’s primary geographic limitation – - its lack of a coastline — by courting outside investment in rail and road infrastructure through regional economic forums.” – stratfor.com
*East Asia in general is becoming the World’s economic powerhouse and should be a focal point for Diplocon clients and readers.
**Diplocon consultants sense opportunities too, and so should our clients and readers.
Both the US and the European Union are becoming more active in Laos (Vientiane Times News). This could help it emerge as a vibrant market, which could provide jobs for North Americans either in their current field*** or, as Diplocon continues to assert about Asia in general, in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL).
***As emerging nations develop; infrastructure, new commercial venues, hotels, etc. all need to be built and operated. Of course, most mid and lower level administrative, service, and shovel jobs are performed by local hires, but; American and European companies that invest and locate there hire American and European professionals for important positions in administration, engineering, construction supervision, etc. They all need TESL services for their local hire staff as well.