ADB-Lao PDR Partnership Strategy

The country partnership strategy (CPS), 2012-2016 for the Lao People's Democratic Republic (Lao PDR) is anchored on the country's Seventh National Socio-Economic Development Plan, 2011-2015. The strategic focus of the CPS is shaped by the country's specific requirements and capabilities. It is designed to help the government diversify the economy in a sustainable, inclusive manner.

The country operations business plan (COBP), 2016-2018 will support the four priority sectors of the CPS - agriculture, natural resources and rural development; education; energy; and water and other urban infrastructure and services. It will also help improve private and public sector management as a crosscutting concern.

In response to the government’s request for ADB assistance, COBP, 2016-2018 will include health as a priority sector. ADB’s midterm review of Strategy 2020 highlighted the strategic priority of expanding ADB’s health operations. The COBP also supports the implementation of the Greater Mekong Subregion strategic framework, 2012-2022.

The Public Communications Policy (PCP) recognizes that transparency and accountability are essential to development effectiveness. It establishes the disclosure requirements for documents and information ADB produces or requires to be produced.

The Accountability Mechanism provides a forum where people adversely affected by ADB-assisted projects can voice and seek solutions to their problems and report alleged noncompliance of ADB's operational policies and procedures.

In preparing any country program or strategy, financing any project, or by making any designation of, or reference to, a particular territory or geographic area in this document, the Asian Development Bank does not intend to make any judgments as to the legal or other status of any territory or area.