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Enjoying the ride with his dad

Laos, one of the world's few remaining Communist regimes, is also one of Asia's poorest nations. The current government came to power in 1975 and immediately imposed a rigid socialist economic program. Change began in 1986 with the loosening of restrictions on private enterprise. Since then, Laos has enjoyed high economic growth, despite poor national infrastructure and a dominant, inefficient agriculture sector. It is also heavily reliant on international assistance programs. In 1998, Laos began formal negotiations with the World Trade Organization. In 2008 a 5.60 US$/day per capita.

 

Wearing helmets when you ride motorcycles is not yet common in Laos. There is not too much traffic like in Saigon or Bangkok and motorcycles are driving slowly. The Asia Injury Prevention Foundation begun to combat traffic injuries, trying to provide every child a helmet. I took this photo from our tuk tuk. The kid was enjoying the ride with his dad. The choice of B/W was to lighten up their dark brown sunny faces.

 

Laos, is nog één van de weinige overgebleven communistisch regimes en is ook één van de armste naties van Azië. De huidige regering kwam aan de macht in 1975 en legde onmiddellijk een onbuigzaam socialistisch economisch programma op. Verandering begon in 1986 met de losmaken van beperkingen op privé-onderneming. Sinds dien heeft Laos een hoge economische groei, ondanks arme nationale infrastructuur en een overwegende, ondoelmatige landbouwsector. Het is ook zwaar afhankelijk van internationale hulpprogramma's. In 1998 begon Laos formele onderhandelingen met de Wereld Handelsorganisatie. De gemiddelde verdienste per dag is 5,60 US$ per hoofd.

  

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Taken on July 26, 2008