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When an ATM is an alien concept

FEATURE - It is only an ATM (automatic teller machine), but it might as well be an alien spacecraft, crash landed in central Vientiane. People do not know what to make of it - which is understandable when you consider that this is the first ATM in Laos.

First published in the South China Morning Post, 10 April.

The country's largest state bank, Banque pour le Commerce Exterieur Lao (BCEL), is protecting the technology, installed last month, from the elements, housing the cash-dispenser in what

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