Lao People's Democratic Republic: Country Operational Strategy Study | Asian Development Bank

Lao People's Democratic Republic: Country Operational Strategy Study

Institutional Document | February 1996

This document outlines the operational strategy of ADB in the Lao People's Democratic Republic.

In 2001, the Country Operational Strategy Study (COSS) was replaced by the Country Strategy and Program. Effective August 2006, the Country Strategy and Program was renamed Country Partnership Strategy.

The COSS was the primary country-specific document in ADB's planning and programming cycle. It is prepared in close consultation with developing member countries (DMCs) and other aid agencies.

The COSS is anchored on strong sectoral analysis. It

  • provides the basis for determining ADB's country-specific, thematic, and sectoral priorities
  • provides a framework for country performance review
  • identifies and describes the distinctive role of ADB in the DMC in the context of the ADB's strategic objectives and the development priorities of the DMC
  • facilitates ADB's decisions regarding choices in its operational program in the DMC
  • provides the strategic framework to guide the preparation of the Country Assistance Plans

The COSS is usually prepared once every 3 years and is revised, as necessary, in the last quarter of a year for guiding the succeeding year's operational decisions.


  • Executive Summary
  • Map
  • The Background
  • Development Concerns
  • The Government of Lao PDR: Strategy to the Year 2000
  • Review of the Bank's Operations and External Assistance
  • The Bank's Operational Strategy
  • Sector Analysis and Approach
  • Appendixes