This first OECD Investment Policy Review of Lao PDR uses the OECD Policy Framework
for Investment to assess the investment climate in Lao PDR and discusses the challenges
and opportunities faced by the Government of Lao PDR in its reform efforts. It includes
chapters on trends in foreign investment and trade, the legal framework for investment,
regulatory restrictions on foreign investment, corporate governance, investment promotion
and facilitation, promoting and enabling responsible business conduct, infrastructure
connectivity and the investment framework for green growth.
OECD Investment Policy Reviews present an overview of investment trends and policies in the countries reviewed. This can include investment policy, investment promotion and facilitation, competition, trade, taxation, corporate governance, finance, infrastructure, developing human resources, policies to promote responsible business conduct, investment in support of green growth, and broader issues of public governance.
The Investment Policy Review was launched at a high-level event chaired by the Lao PDR Vice-Minister of Planning and Investment. Participants included five vice-ministers and high-level officials from other ministries, the Ambassadors of Australia and New Zealand, representatives of OECD and ASEAN embassies, development partners and the private sector.