Laos Has Avoided A Major Health Crisis, Yet To Be Immune To Global Economic Downturn

The Lao PDR has so far avoided a major health crisis but has not been immune from the global economic downturn as the COVID-19-induced economic recession has affected the country through multiple channels including tourism, trade, investment, commodity prices, exchange rates, and lower remittances.

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GDP Expected To Grow At 6.8 Percent: IMF

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has predicted that Laos’ Gross Domestic Product (GDP) will grow at 6.8 percent this year, less than the government’s projected rate of 7 percent.
The IMF Executive Board concluded the Article IV consultation [1] with Laos recently, describing Laos’ challenges in dealing with the current account deficit, falling foreign currency reserves, and growing ….

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Laos In Need Of Massive Capital Injection To Drive Economic Growth

Economists warn that Laos will need to take a proactive approach to attract foreign direct investment if the country is to sustain economic growth of 7.5 percent annually over the next five years.
According to a recent government report, Laos will need about 223 trillion kip (US$27 billion), equal to 30 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), over the period ….

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