World Bank urges Laos to reform

15 April 2000

The World Bank said in late February that it would not guarantee the billion-dollar Nam Theun II dam in Laos until the government commits itself to significant political and economic reforms. World Bank Vice President for East Asia and the Pacific Jean-Michel Severino said “It is important that the government has a good understanding of the conditions which will make the project technically, economically, politically, and ecologically sustainable,” Severino is quoted as saying. “We can’t commit ourselves on global risk without acceptable macroeconomic conditions being in place.”