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OECD Investment Policy Reviews: Lao PDR

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Published on July 11, 2017

This first OECD Investment Policy Review of Lao PDR uses the OECD Policy Framework for Investment to assess the investment climate in Lao PDR and discusses the challenges and opportunities faced by the Government of Lao PDR in its reform efforts. It includes chapters on trends in foreign investment and trade, the legal framework for investment, regulatory restrictions on foreign investment, corporate governance, investment promotion and facilitation, promoting and enabling responsible business conduct, infrastructure connectivity and the investment framework for green growth.


Acronyms and abbreviations
Executive summary
Assessment and recommendations
Trends in foreign investment and trade in Lao PDR
The legal framework for investment in Lao PDR
Regulatory restrictions on FDI in Lao PDR
Corporate governance in Lao PDR
Investment promotion and facilitation in Lao PDR
Promoting and enabling responsible business conduct in Lao PDR
Infrastructure connectivity in Lao PDR
Investment framework for green growth in Lao PDR
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About the Investment Policy Reviews

OECD Investment Policy Reviews present an overview of investment trends and policies in the countries reviewed. This can include investment policy, investment promotion and facilitation, competition, trade, taxation, corporate governance, finance, infrastructure, developing human resources, policies to promote responsible business conduct, investment in support of green growth, and broader issues of public governance.

OECD Investment Policy Reviews


Policy Framework for Investment


OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises


OECD work on international investment in Southeast Asia

Launch event

11 July 2017 - Vientiane, Lao PDR

The Investment Policy Review was launched at a high-level event  chaired by the Lao PDR Vice-Minister of Planning and Investment. Participants included five vice-ministers and high-level officials from other ministries, the Ambassadors of Australia and New Zealand, representatives of OECD and ASEAN embassies, development partners and the private sector.



List of Participants 


Presentation: OECD Investment Policy Review of Lao PDR


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