Southeast Asian Seminar 2017

The 41st Southeast Asian Seminar
“Economic Development in Laos and the Greater Mekong Region”
2-7 November 2017 Vientiane, Laos
deadline for applications: August 31, 2017

Organized by the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University
Co-organized by Faculty of Economics and Business Management,
National University of Laos

The countries of the Greater Mekong Sub-region have experienced dynamic economic development in the recent years. Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar and Laos share several common economic development strategies, such as promotion of the agricultural sector, industrialization with foreign technology, as well as management of exports in the natural resources sector. This economic growth trajectory is accompanied by drastic changes in traditional social structures in both urban and rural areas, and poses urgent challenges to ecological sustainability. At the same time, factors of geopolitics and connectivity with China are also vital issues in the development of the region.

Through five sessions (tentative)
        “Economic Development and Agriculture,”
        “Extractive Industry and Foreign Capital,”
        “Water Utilization / Trasnboundary River Management (Global Comparison),”
        “Energy / Electricity Development”
        “Greater Mekong Development and China”,

The seminar will examine the history, mechanisms and future challenges of the region’s economic development and improvement of life for the people of the region. Lectures and group discussions will be supplemented with field observations in the Vientiane area.

Held in Vientiane in collaboration with the National University of Laos, we will focus our discussions on Laos, while maintaining a regional perspective on the dynamics of economic development challenges faced by the country and its neighbors.

Online Applicaton

Tentative Program

November, 2017
2nd, Thur., (Day 1): Arriving by evening

3rd, Fri., (Day 2): Seminar (two sessions)
Session 1: Economic Development and Agriculture
Session 2: Extractive Industry and Foreign Capital

4th, Sat., (Day 3): Field trip with one session on site
Session 3: Water Utilization / Trasnboundary River Management

5th, Sun, (Day4): Seminar (two sessions)
Session 4: Energy / Electricity Development
Session 5: Greater Mekong Development and China

6th, Mon., (Day5): Group work and participants’ presentations

7th, Tues., (Day6): Leaving


The Southeast Asia seminar has been held annually by the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University since 1976. Aiming to deepen the understanding of Southeast Asia from various perspectives, the seminar offers four days of intensive lectures by experts on Southeast Asia, together with presentations and group discussion by the participants. This year, the seminar will be held in Vientiane, Laos, co-organized by the National University of Laos.