The World Bank has established an East Asia Crisis working group to tackle some of the social aspects of the financial crisis.
East Asia & Pacific
A World Bank conference this July in Padang, Papua New Guinea, discussed “mining and the community in South-East Asia” but many NGOs known to represent mine-affected people were not invited.
Indonesian NGOs are setting up a major new campaign against the expansion of large-scale oil palm plantations in their country.
Doubts about the IMF’s capacity to deal with international currency problems are mounting as the South East Asian crisis worsens despite the IMF’s bail-out efforts.
The Nam Theun 2 (NT2) Hydroelectric Project is the largest prospective hydropower project in Lao PDR.