But corruption and human rights issues still threaten to hold the nation back.
A witness says police and military officers brutally beat the men when they apprehended them.
Rights groups say a regulation that requires foreign journalists to submit their reports to the government for vetting hasn’t helped the situation.
One man’s death is blamed on chemicals used to boost production as Bokeo province suspends new land concessions for bananas.
Locals say electronics recycling plant in Vientiane’s Special Economic Zone is dumping waste water into the neighborhood.
Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species suspends Laos trade in the monkeys that are used in research worldwide.