Economic policy and administration

Business structures and legal registration

Govt launches online visa application portal as Covid curbs eased

The government has authorised the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to issue entry visas for certain groups who have registered through the QR-Code (Vaccine-ID) on the website: ‘’ without having to request approval from the Covid-19 taskforce.  The new ruling applies to foreign diplomats, employees of ...

Times Reporters

New DG takes office at National Economic Research Institute

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) – The National Economic Research Institute has a new chief with Acting Director General of the National Economic Research Institute, Dr Leeber Leebouapao, appointed to the post of Director General to replace the retiring Mr Bouasone Bouphavanh.An official announcement of the appointment ...

News Desk

Lao business sector seeking crackdown on illegal operators

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) – Legitimate private sector interests have called on the government body responsible for creating a business-friendly environment to tackle illicit trade, informal businesses, and firms operating without licences.Members of the business community representing numerous companies and entrepreneurs made the call at a ...

News Desk

Workshop Held On Amendments To Enterprise Bankruptcy Regulation in Laos

(KPL) The Ministry of Justice on July 18 organized a consultation workshop on draft amendments to the Law on Rehabilitation and Bankruptcy of Enterprise. The draft amendments are expected to be soon submitted to the National Assembly for consideration for approval.The meeting was held in Vientiane Capital ...

KPL News Desk

PM vows to step up efforts to improve business climate as Laos’ ranking slides

Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith has told the National Assembly (NA) that his government will do more to improve the business environment after Laos’ global ease-of-doing-business ranking fell 13 places.More ...

Souksakhone Vaenkeo

Lax Investment Law Enforcement in Laos Brings Flood of Small Chinese Businesses

The Lao government’s failure to strictly enforce foreign investment laws is allowing a growing number of Chinese entrepreneurs to dodge investment rules and avoid paying taxes while operating shops and restaurants in the Southeast Asian country, an official from the Ministry of Planning and Investment ...

RFA’s Lao Service

Foreign owned hair salons face up to cuts as authorities act

Numerous hair salons operated or owned by foreign nationals in Vientiane have been ordered to shut down temporarily after authorities found them to be in breach of the related regulations.More ...

Phetphoxay Sengpaseuth

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