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 on the efficiency of the “sea-road” combination passing through the Danang port in Vietnam. According to the World Bank (2018), the Danang port is very competitive, contributing to the efficiency of Laos’ import sector. On the other hand, the “sea-rail-road” through port Klang in Malaysia, which also passes through Thailand, allows importers to use the least time to transit through.

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Souksakhone Phengsavath