VIETNAM'S ENVIRONMENT CHALLENGES
In Hanoi, Michael DiGregorio spoke recently at an event organized in conjunction with a visit by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. His remarks have been adapted for our blog. He writes: "In the early years of Renovation (Doi Moi), at a time when the market economy was just beginning to gain a foothold, Hanoi was a much greener city than it is today. Nearly all the fruits and vegetables, meats, and fish consumed here were produced in the suburbs and sold fresh in the city's public markets. Within the city, Ho Tay and Bay Mau lakes produced hundreds of tons of fish per year." Also in our blog, from Colombo, Dinesha de Silva reports on Sri Lanka's hotly-contested Parliamentary elections, concluding: "It appears that the citizens of Sri Lanka have voted with their heads to consolidate the changes they ushered in last January." From Bangkok, Victor Bernard explores the ASEAN Economic Community's goal for a freer flow of skilled labor. Read more.