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FY 2009/2010 Research Topic: 4-03
Laos: New Development of Chintanakan Mai


Since 1986, Lao PDR has been implementing a policy called "Chintanakan Mai." This policy is centered on Economic Reform but it is a comprehensive reform policy including social and political reform as well. There are some previous works focusing on "Chintanakan Mai," but most of them pick up only economic reform not social and political reform. According to the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party, Chintanakan Mai means “New Thinking.” In other words, people have new thinking in terms of Economy, Politics and Society. If so, we should study not only economic reform but also social and political reform in order to understand “Chintanakan Mai” comprehensively. In addition, economic reform pushes political and social reform and vice versa. Therefore, we should understand "Chintanakan Mai" in terms of correlations among economy, politics, and society. Under this perspective, we research what has changed and the current situation in some important fields such as the National Assembly, local administration, fiscal system, economic cooperation, education, agriculture, and development of minerals in terms of both institution and reality. From our research, we believe that we can present some perspective to understand comprehensive reform in Lao PDR, "Chintanakan Mai."


2009/4 - 2011/3


Members of the Research Project

YAMADA Norihiko
KEOLA Souknilanh
SUZUKI Motoyoshi (Professor, Graduate School of International Development and Cooperation, Hiroshima University)
TOMITA Shinsuke (Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Agriculture and Life Science, The University of Tokyo)
YANO Junko (Lecturer, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)
Phanhpakit ONPHANHDALA (Assistant Professor, Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies, Kobe University)


Interim Report (March 2010); Final Report (2011)