République démocratique populaire lao

Investment policy reform in the Lao People's Democratic Republic


The government of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, in partnership with the OECD and ASEAN, has undertaken a review of its investment policies as part of an active programme of investment policy reforms.

This review assesses the investment climate in the Lao PDR, including the institutional and legislative framework for investment. It focuses on policy options in the areas of investment policy, investment promotion and facilitation, responsible business conduct, infrastructure and the investment framework for green growth, and proposes measures to make the country a more attractive destination for investors.

This review took place within the framework of the ASEAN-OECD Investment Programme.



April OECD mission to Lao PDR to kick-off the review and meet with the country Task Force. 
April-May Government prepares answers to a tailored questionnaire based on the Policy Framework for Investment which will define the scope of the review.
June/July Second OECD fact-finding mission to Lao PDR to discuss answers to the questionnaire.
Aug-Dec OECD prepares draft review.
April The OECD and the government hold a joint seminar with ministries and stakeholders in Lao PDR to discuss the draft review.
April-July Government comments on the draft Review

Presentation of draft review to the OECD Investment Committee in Paris.

Revised draft review circulated for final comment.
11 July Launch of the Investment Policy Review in Lao PDR.
Follow-up Results to be presented at regional/sub-regional level including the Regional Policy Network for Investment under the OECD Southeast Asia Regional Programme to share experiences among countries using the PFI, along with other activities to support the implementation of the government's reforms.


Policy Framework for Investment

List of all country investment policy reviews
ASEAN-OECD Investment Programme



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