Lao People’s Democratic Republic: Development Effectiveness Brief | Asian Development Bank

Lao People’s Democratic Republic: Development Effectiveness Brief

Publication | October 2017
Lao People’s Democratic Republic: Development Effectiveness Brief

ADB continues to partner with the Lao PDR as it seeks to graduate from Least Developed Country status by 2020. This publication details ADB’s operations across major sectors, and explores gains and challenges.

As the only nation bordering all the other member countries of the Greater Mekong Subregion the only one crisscrossed by three regional economic corridors, the Lao PDR is ideally positioned to benefit from rising cross-border trade, tourism, and investment.

ADB's assistance has helped the country secure rice self-sufficiency, upgrade roads, improve health, education, water and sanitation services, strengthen the public and private sectors, protect natural resources, and build strong links with neighboring countries. ADB has provided loan and grant assistance of nearly $2.3 billion and technical assistance of around $156 million, and remains a partner of the Lao PDR as the country seeks to graduate from Least Developed Country status by 2020. This publication details ADB’s operations across major sectors, exploring gains made in key areas, as well as challenges that remain.

 

Contents 

  • Lao People's Democratic Republic Development Indicators 
  • The Country and Its Partnership with ADB
  • ADB’s Contributions to Development and Poverty Reduction
  • Improving Operational and Organizational Effectiveness
  • Challenges and Future Goals