World Rainforest Movement

An Overview of Large-Scale Investments in the Mekong Region

Across the Mekong region, the “development” model promoted by the region’s governments prioritizes trade and investment liberalization, and privatization. Private investment is sought in virtually every sector of the economy. This publication presents an overview of these investment trends in the Mekong region, the regulatory and policy changes designed to facilitate large-scale foreign and domestic investment, and the impacts of such investment on the living and working conditions of workers in Special Economic Zones. It offers a critical perspective on how these investments privilege large investors over local populations and public interest. The English language paper can be downloaded at: