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Will Belt and Road project derail Laos economy?

September 3, 2018

Concerns are growing that the Laos-China Railway project will bring more debt than local benefits.

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Laos seeks to unlock its potential with Chinese rail project

April 3, 2018

Languishing down the development table, land-locked Laos is investing heavily in a joint venture to build a rail link between its capital and the Chinese border. Peter Janssen reports.

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Japanese banks exploit regional partnerships to move into CLMV countries

July 1, 2016

As Thailand loses some of its allure, Japan’s big banks are following their corporates into Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam, using their Thai subsidiaries as strategic partners. Peter Janssen reports.

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The AEC: what difference does it make?

April 1, 2016

The launch of the Asean Economic Community has opened up a new wave of opportunities. However, with Western banks pulling back from Asia and domestic banks all-powerful in the region's more developed markets, it may only be the Greater Mekong region that sees any discernible change to its financial landscape in the near future.

Laos minds the growth gap

Is the Laos growth story reaching an end?

April 30, 2015

After a five-year spell of growth, Laos's economy stalled a little in 2014. However, with an improving regulatory environment, the launch of the Asean Economic Community and an improving foreign investment outlook, the country can still look forward with some optimism.

Asean capital markets integration: around the corner?

April 2, 2015
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As the Association of South-east Asian Nations enters the last year in the run-up to its planned economic integration, Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia are on track to harmonise their capital markets, while others are dragging their feet.

The Greater Mekong Delta: cohesion in diversity

The Greater Mekong Delta: cohesion in diversity

April 1, 2014

The Greater Mekong Delta sub-region of Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam has been posting stellar growth figures in recent years, and looks set to continue this trend. However, each country within the region has its own social, political and economic hurdles to overcome. Stefania Palma reports.

Better prospects in the pipeline

February 2, 2009

After years of underdevelopment, Laos is reforming its laws and encouraging greater banking activity in anticipation of gaining WTO membership. Writer Nick Freeman in Vientiane.

Funding the future

October 2, 2006

Laos’ banking sector is small and underdeveloped but this may change as the country gradually liberalises its economy. Nick Freeman reports from Vientiane.

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