Slower growth projected for Lao economy: World Bank

Economic growth in Laos is expected to be slower than forecast in April due to both external and internal factors, according to a report issued by the World Bank on Monday.  According to the World Bank, economic performance across developing East Asia and the Pacific, ...

Somsack Pongkhao

The transformation of Laos from land-locked to land-linked

As the only landlocked country in South East Asia, Laos depends on neighbouring countries’ infrastructure to import and transport its goods. As a result, the success or failure of Laos depends on the efficiency of these countries’ infrastructure networks. Laos’ international logistics system largely depends ...

Souksakhone Phengsavath

Inflation rate closes in on two digits

The year-on-year inflation rate in Laos surged to 9.9 percent in April, the highest figure recorded since January 2016, according to the latest report from the Lao Statistics Bureau. The consumer price index jumped at its fastest pace in recent months, further putting the squeeze ...

Souksakhone Vaenkeo

Laos’ Surging Inflation a Cause for Concern

Inflation in Laos is set to move beyond a six-year high, jumping from 6.25 percent in January to 7.3 percent in February, according to the Lao Statistics Bureau. While the government had set a target of at least 4% annual GDP growth from now through 2025, ...

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 ...

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

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

Laos' trade deficit reaches US$78mil in December 2020

Laos recorded a trade deficit of US$78mil in December 2020, according to the latest information from the Lao people’s Democratic Republic Trade Portal website.Laos’ export during December were worth US$468 million, while the value of import was US$546 million, said the report.Keep reading  ...

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