The Asia Foundation: “Laos: Reaping the Benefits of a New Era of International Cooperation”

This month, the Southeast Asian nation of Laos hosted two of the region’s most important annual gatherings—the ASEAN Summit and the East Asia Summit—in its capital, Vientiane. President Barack Obama, who led the U.S. delegation, made historyby becoming the first sitting U.S. president to visit the country. The excitement surrounding the events was palpable across the entire capital, as leaders and citizens welcomed the chance—as ASEAN Chair—to shine a spotlight on the significant strides the country has made in its efforts to develop its economy, increase economic integration with regional neighbors, and deepen ties with the international community.

The Asia Foundation Laos: Reaping the Benefits of a New Era of International Cooperation http://asiafoundation.org/2016/09/21/laos-reaping-benefits-new-era-international-cooperation/