Economy and commerce

Korean Investment Sought in That Luang Lake Special Economic Zone

Korean real estate investment firm D&C Mineun held a week-long promotional seminar in Vientiane from 13 to 16 November where investors could discuss business opportunities within the That Luang Lake Special Economic Zone. Tax breaks and other incentives have been promised by the government of ...

Latsamy Phonevilay

Govt to push businesses to boost production for Chinese market

The government is set to hold talks with business operators to encourage them to produce more of the goods required by Chinese buyers. The government’s plan to promote commercial production associated with the Laos-China railway, which is scheduled to come into service next month, to ...

Secretary General Thongloun urges greater attention to guiding the implementation of the resolution

The 3rd Plenary Meeting of the 11th Central Committee of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party was held between Oct 18-22 in Vientiane under the presidency of Secretary General Thongloun Sisoulith. They noted that the most noticeable action taken in the past months was the designation of ...

KPL

World Bank highlights opportunities and challenges for Lao economy

The Lao economy is projected to steadily recover in the medium-term, but growth will remain below pre-pandemic levels at 4.5 percent in 2022. The Lao economy is projected to grow at 3.6 percent, down from the 4 percent growth anticipated in March 2021. The main risks ...

Somsack Pongkhao

Lao PDR: Economy Recovers then Falters Again under COVID-19

The Lao economy is on course for moderately improved growth in 2021, despite the second wave of COVID-19 denting the promising economic recovery made early in the year. The World Bank’s latest Economic Monitor for Lao PDR — A Path to Recovery —predicts that GDP ...

KPL

China Remains the Largest Foreign Investor in Laos

China remains the largest foreign investor in Laos, undertaking a total of 813 projects worth USD 16 billion. “China also plays a significant role in special economic zone investments, with the Lao government having authorized 89 projects worth over USD 215 million,” Mr. Sonexay Siphandone ...

Phayboune Thanabouasy

NA’s extraordinary session opens for national agenda debate

The first extraordinary session of the National Assembly (NA)’s ninth legislature kicked off on Thursday to debate measures to address financial and economic difficulties and suppress the use of narcotic drugs. The premier pledged that the government would be decisive, transparent and professional in implementing ...

Souksakhone Vaenkeo

Banks, financial institutes ordered to defer principal and interest payments

The Bank of the Lao PDR has issued a decision ordering commercial banks and micro-financial institutes to postpone for three months – from May – deadlines for principal and interest payments for those who have borrowed loans for living expenses.  The decision, dated May 13, 2021, ...

KPL

Lao National Single Window to ease imports, exports at international borders

The Lao National Single Window (LNSW) – a  unique computerised platform – is now fully in force to simplify and streamline the import, export, and transit of all goods and cargo at all international borders and airports in Laos.The Ministry of Finance recently issued a ...

Souksakhone Vaenkeo

Laos to Build Two Coal-Fired Plants in Xekong Province

Laos is to construct two new coal-fired power plants in southern Laos with the aim of selling more electricity to Cambodia.Vientiane Times reports that the construction of two coal-fired power plants is to commence at the end of this year in Xekong Province.The two plants are to ...

Latsamy Phonevilay

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