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January 3rd, 2017

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TABLE OF CONTENT


Comprehensive View On The Economy

1.      Economic structure

Part of the country’s economic profile, economic structure section gives readers useful views to understand what matters for the Laos economy.

KEY QUESTIONS ADDRESSED

  • What is the size of the Laos economy in relation to world’s major economies?
  • What is the size of Laos population?
  • What is the demographic structure of Laos? Is it favorable for economic growth?
  • How has the structure of Laos GDP changed over the years?
  • How much does the Laos economy rely on external trade?
  • Which sectors matter most to the economy?

2.      Competitiveness

Part of the country’s economic profile, this section explores Laos competitiveness in the global level. It also covers the country’s attractiveness to foreign direct investment.

KEY QUESTIONS ADDRESSED

  • Which stage of economic development is the Laos economy in?
  • How competitive is Laos?
  • How are Laos competitive factors compared to those of other ASEAN countries?
  • Is it easy to do business in Laos?
  • What are most problematic factors in doing business in Laos?
  • How good is Laos in attracting Foreign Direct Investment?

3.      Economic development

Part of the country’s economic profile, this section explores Laos economic development, average income and its distribution, poverty as well as other development indicators.

KEY QUESTIONS ADDRESSED

  • What is the level of income for an average person in Laos?
  • Is there still a lot of poor people in Laos? How does it compare to others in ASEAN?
  • Is unemployment the issue for Laos?
  • How is income distributed in Laos and how does it compare to others in ASEAN?
  • What is the current level of human development in Laos?
  • How has quality of life in Laos changed over the years?

4.      Economic growth

Part of the country’s economic outlook, this section explores Laos recent economic growth, its key drivers and well as the growth outlook for the coming years.

KEY QUESTIONS ADDRESSED

  • What has been the growth rate of Laos economy over the past 10 years and how does it compare with others?
  • What were the key growth drivers for the Laos economy in 2014?
  • What were the source of growth for Laos economy in the last 5 years?
  • What is the growth outlook for Laos economy over the next 3 years and how does it compare with others?

5.      Economic stability (Macro risks)

Part of the country’s economic outlook, this section explores Laos macro-economic risks, including inflation, financial sector, budget deficit as well as balance of payment and exchange rate.

KEY QUESTIONS ADDRESSED

  • What is the risk of inflation in Laos and how does it compare with others?
  • What is the fiscal risk in Laos?
  • Does the government have enough money to invest or continue to subsidize certain program?
  • What is the likelihood of raising tax?
  • What is the balance of payment risk for Laos?
  • How good is the country in getting foreign exchange by the mean of commerce?
  • Does Laos have enough international reserves to service its debt and for import?
  • What is the FX risk?
  • How has the LAK performed compared to other ASEAN currencies?

Appendix 1: Key Economic Projections 2015-2021

From IMF’s World Economic Outlook Report October 2016.

  • GDP growth
  • Inflation
  • Population
  • Unemployment rate
  • Government budget and debt
  • Current account

Appendix 2: DOING BUSINESS 2017

Detailed rankings and scores for Laos and comparable economies.

  • Starting a business
  • Dealing with construction permits
  • Getting electricity
  • Registering property
  • Getting credit
  • Protecting Minority Investors
  • Paying taxes
  • Trading across borders
  • Enforcing contracts
  • Resolving Insolvency