Trade and Development Strategies

Year Strategy name Sector
2012 Diagnostic Trade Integration Study - Lao PDR 2012

The 2012 Diagnostic Trade Integration Study for Laos is composed of three... The 2012 Diagnostic Trade Integration Study for Laos is composed of three main parts: the first one deals with trade and private sector development, the second addresses issues concerning trade facilitation and business environment, and the last one focuses on export competitiveness and diversification. The document provides an overview of the policy context and macroeconomic brackground, and a more specific analysis of policies for trade and private sector development. It addresses the mainstreaming of trade and private sector development in national development policies, and the inclusion of gender and environmental issues. While outlining policies for enhancing trade facilitation, the study focuses on transport and logistics, customs and customs procedures, sanitary and phytosanitary standards, technical barriers to trade, capacity building and social impact. The analysis of business environment identifies the key constraints, focusing on taxation, access to finance, labour skills, regulations on business entry and operations, investment policies and incentives, industrial zones, property rights, contract enforcement, commercial dispute resolution, competition policy and consumer protection. The study also addresses the infrastructural situation in Laos, evaluation access to electricity, telecommunication, transport infrastructure and business development services. Finally, it provides recommendations aiming to increase competitiveness and diversification, focusing on how to leverage the resource exports boom of the last decade to improve economic development, increase value addition and production links, and promote the development of other sectors, in particular agriculture, tourism and export-oriented manufactures.

Food Industry, Handicrafts (cloth, cotton, silk, silver-gold products, wooden art), Handicrafts... Food Industry, Handicrafts (cloth, cotton, silk, silver-gold products, wooden art), Handicrafts (cloth, cotton, silk, silver-gold products, wooden art), Handicrafts (cloth, cotton, silk, silver-gold products, wooden art), Hydroelectricity, Metallic Minerals, Non-metallic Minerals, Organic Fruits and Vegetables, Textiles and Garments, Textiles and Garments, Tourism, Wood Industry

2011 7th National Socio-Economic Development Plan

The 7th National Socio-Economic Development Plan builds on the 6th 5-year program... The 7th National Socio-Economic Development Plan builds on the 6th 5-year program and carries forward its main objective of achieving the MDGs by 2015 and laying the basis for industrialization and modernisation.

Cassava, Coal, Coffee, Copper dust, Copper plates, Corn, Corn for animal... Cassava, Coal, Coffee, Copper dust, Copper plates, Corn, Corn for animal feed, Drinks, Fisheries, Food Industry, Forestry, Fruits, Garment Industry, Gold bars, Gypsum, Handicrafts (cloth, cotton, silk, silver-gold products, wooden art), Handicrafts (cloth, cotton, silk, silver-gold products, wooden art), Handicrafts (cloth, cotton, silk, silver-gold products, wooden art), Kali salt, Lignite, Meat, Rice, Soybeans, Sugar Cane, Taro, Tourism, Vegetables, Wood Industry

2010 Agricultural Master Plan

The Agricultural Master Plan implements the objectives contained in the Agriculture Development... The Agricultural Master Plan implements the objectives contained in the Agriculture Development Strategy. It outlines eight programs and provides for each of them a situation analysis, the key areas to be addressed, objectives, outcomes, targets, priority measures and sequence of actions. The eight programs are: 1) food production; 2) commodity production and farmer organizations; 3) sustainable production patterns, land allocation and rural development; 4) forestry development; 5) irrigated agriculture; 6) other agriculture and forestry infrastructure; 7) agriculture and forestry research and extension; 8) human resources development.

Agriculture, Forestry Agriculture, Forestry

2010 Strategy for Agricultural Development

The Agriculture Development Strategy (ADS) 2011-2020 is a long-term document which is... The Agriculture Development Strategy (ADS) 2011-2020 is a long-term document which is meant to serve as a framework for the development of the sector, being implemented through the Agricultural Master Plan and the Agicultural Investment Plan. The vision of the document relies on a holistic approach aiming to long-term, sustainable development. The strategy sets two main development goals to be achieved by 2020: i) gradual introduction of increased application of modernized lowland market-oriented agricultural production, adapted to climate change and focused on smallholder farmers; ii) conservation of upland ecosystems, ensuring food security and improving livelihoods of rural communities. Four specific goals have been set for the medium term (2011-2015): i) pursuing food security as the first priority in improving livelihoods; ii) increasing and modernizing production of agricultural commodities, thus establishing pro-poor and green value chains, based on smallholder farmers and targeting domestic, regional and global markets; iii) establishing sustainable production patterns in accordance to the specific conditions of each region, stabilizing shifting cultivations and taking measures for climate change adaptation; iv) improve forest management in order to ensure sustainability, preserve biodiversity and improve national forest cover.

Agriculture, Forestry Agriculture, Forestry

2006 6th National Socio-Economic Development Plan

The 6th 5-year plan builds on the the 5th one: it first... The 6th 5-year plan builds on the the 5th one: it first addresses the its weaknesses and successes and then outlines the strategies for the 2006-2010 period. Main indicators and targets coincide with the MDGs as well as with the ones expressed in the Brussels Programme of Action for LDCs (2001 - 2010)

Beans, Beer, Beverage Industry, Cashew, Cassava, Coffee, Cooking Oil, Copper, Dairy... Beans, Beer, Beverage Industry, Cashew, Cassava, Coffee, Cooking Oil, Copper, Dairy Products, Electronic Industry, Fisheries, Food Industry, Footwear, Forestry, Gold, Information Communication Technology, Live Animals, Maize, Plastic Industry, Rice, Rubber, Sugar Cane, Tea, Textiles and Garments, Textiles and Garments, Tin, Tobacco

2006 Building Export Competitiveness in Laos

The report analyses the current Laos' tariff structure and the trade agreements... The report analyses the current Laos' tariff structure and the trade agreements currently in force; it weights the advantages of Laos' accession to WTO and outlines the need for a reform of custom procedures, a modernization of insfrastructures and logistics, business and legislative framework; it addresses sanitary and phytosanitary measures to be put in place; carries out a sectoral and cross-sectoral analysis.

Coffee, Furniture, Paper Industry, Textiles and Garments, Textiles and Garments, Tourism, Wood, Wood Industry Coffee, Furniture, Paper Industry, Textiles and Garments, Textiles and Garments, Tourism, Wood, Wood Industry

2006 National Export Strategy

The National Export Strategy aims to foster export performance through the creation... The National Export Strategy aims to foster export performance through the creation of a competitive, innovative and consensual national business environment, and encouraging entrepreneurship in the integration of Lao PDR within the global marketplace. The ultimate goal of the strategy is to develop business, create income and employment, improve standards of living for all citizens and alleviate poverty of the country. It provides an analysis of the current export performance of Lao PDR, and it assesses national competitiveness and its main constraints, carrying out a National SWOT Analysis. Hence, the strategy outlines a strategic plan of action dealing with specific productive sectors and addressing issues involving poverty reduction, gender equality, trade facilitation, access to finance, quality management, trade information, competency development, and trade support.

Garment Industry, Medicinal Plants and Spices, Organic Agriculture, Silk Handicrafts, Silk Handicrafts, Wood Industry Garment Industry, Medicinal Plants and Spices, Organic Agriculture, Silk Handicrafts, Silk Handicrafts, Wood Industry

2006 UNDAF Lao 2007 - 2011

The UNDAF is alligned with the NSEDP and it focuses on the... The UNDAF is alligned with the NSEDP and it focuses on the three main pillars of governance, poverty and food security. Within this framework it identifies three outcome areas: 1) enhancement of the livelihood of poor, vulnerable and food insecure populations thourgh sustainable development; 2) incresed and more equitable access to and utilization of quality and prioritized social services; 3) strengthened capacities of public and private institutions to fulfill their duties and greater people's participation in governance and advocacy for the promotion of human rights.

2005 Forestry Strategy to the Year 2020 of the Lao PDR

The strategy provides an overview of forests and forestry in Lao over... The strategy provides an overview of forests and forestry in Lao over the last 30 years, and it analyses its current status and main issues. It envisages transforming by 2020 the forestry sector into a main contributor to socio-economic development, without impairing environmental sustainability and biodiversity, and while ensuring participation of villages and smallhoder farmers. The forestry sector will have positive spill-over effects on other productive sectors, it will foster scientific research and it will be characterised by high value addition and capital intensity. Programs and actions deal with land and forest use, production forests, non-timber forest products, tree plantation development, harvest/logging plans and royalties, wood processing industry, bio-diversity conservation, protection forests and watershed management, village land and forest management for poverty reduction. Some cross-cutting areas are also addressed, namely: legal framework and implementation, law enforcement and governance, institutional strengthening and human resource development, research and extension, gender equality, funding and allocation, international cooperation.

Forestry, NWFPs, Wood Industry Forestry, NWFPs, Wood Industry

2004 National Growth and Poverty Eradication Strategy (NGPES)

The NGPES first provides an assessment of today's poverty conditions in Lao... The NGPES first provides an assessment of today's poverty conditions in Lao PDR. Secondly, it evaluates the business environment and financial stability of the country, and it suggests measures necessary in order to enhance sustainable growth and development. It finally outlines an operational framework focusing on agriculture, forestry, education, health and transport infrastructure as the key sectors in order to eradicate poverty; and on trade, tourism and manufacturing as "supporting sectors". Moreover, it deals with cross-sector issues such as gender, environment, population and capacity building; and with specific national poverty-related priority programmes.

Animal Feed, Aquaculture and Fisheries, Beverage Industry, Cash Crops, Construction materials... Animal Feed, Aquaculture and Fisheries, Beverage Industry, Cash Crops, Construction materials (plastic tubes, pipes, cement, corrugated roofing, iron bars, gravel, marble), Construction materials (plastic tubes, pipes, cement, corrugated roofing, iron bars, gravel, marble), Construction materials (plastic tubes, pipes, cement, corrugated roofing, iron bars, gravel, marble), Copper, Cotton, Food Industry, Forestry, Fruits, Gold, Live Animals, Metallic Minerals, Non-metallic Minerals, NWFPs, Organic and Chemical Fertilizers, Organic and Chemical Fertilizers, Paper Industry, Rice, Silk, Sugar Industry, Textiles and Garments, Textiles and Garments, Tourism, Vegetable Oil, Vegetables, Wood Industry