Aviation Safety and Security - ADB's Take

Developing safe air transport systems and airports is a critical task for all nations. The complex work requires that small and developing countries work together to pool their resources and expertise. Read More

Stable Growth Outlook for Developing Asia

Developing Asia’s outlook remains on track despite slower-than-expected first-quarter growth in the United States. Read More

Piped Water for Good Health in the Lao PDR

An ADB-supported project in the Lao People's Democratic Republic is bringing clean water and modern toilets to rural communities. Read More

Organic Crops Help Small Farmers out of Poverty in Lao PDR

With ADB support, organic farming in Lao People's Democratic Republic is helping reduce rural poverty and preserve the environment. Watch Video


Mining, hydropower development, and private consumption spending continue to underpin economic growth in the Lao People's Democratic Republic. However, this economic transformation poses challenges for the country. Continued structural transformation and economic diversification is needed to expand opportunities, provide jobs for a young population, and enable inclusive growth. At the same time, high economic growth brings with it the demand for improved good governance and natural resource and environmental management.

ADB assistance has focused on responding to the Lao PDR’s changing development priorities, from an early emphasis on agriculture in the 1980s, to roads and transportation in the 1900s, and education, energy, and regional integration in the 2000s.

Fast Facts

6.66 (2013)
Population in millions

2.2% (2008-2013)
Average annual population growth rate

26.00% (2010)
Population living below the national poverty line

ADB Lending

Amount ($M) / %
Sector (No. of loans)
343.44 / 18.37
Agriculture (24)
182.66 / 9.77
Education (10)
343.32 / 18.36
Energy (20)
79.00 / 4.23
Finance (6)
81.00 / 4.33
Health (8)
54.28 / 2.90
Industry and Trade (6)
20.00 / 1.07
Multisector (1)
51.00 / 2.73
Public Sector (7)
425.70 / 22.77
Transport and ICT (15)
289.03 / 15.46
Water Supply (17)
1,869.43 / 100.00
TOTAL (114)
Cumulative as of 31 December 2013