Saturday, April 29, 2017

Want to know the investment climate in Laos?

Title:  Lao PDR - Investment Climate Assessment 2014 - Policy uncertainty in the midst of a natural resources boom
By:  Clarke, George R.; Nghardsaysone, Konesawang; Record, Richard James Lowden; Seror, Marlon Armand Remy
Publisher, Year:  World Bank, 2014
Cost:  Free

Cover of Lao PDR - Investment Climate Assessment 2014 report

The World Bank undertakes the research, analysis, and dissemination of what it's like to invest and do business in Laos.  They surveyed hundreds of companies.  It's a deep analysis that goes into all areas of discussion in relation to operating there.  Topics include but are not limited to challenges, constraints, corruption, potential growth areas, and recommendations.  The full table of contents is noted below.

Note that although the report is from 2014, it's the most recent version of the report.  There are 2 previous versions from 2007 and 2011.

Table of Contents
  • Executive Summary
  • Lao PDR’s investment climate in pictures
  • Chapter 1: Introduction To A New Investment Climate Assessment For Lao PD
  • Chapter 2: Setting The Stage: Economic Growth During A Natural Resources Boom
  • Chapter 3: Enterprise Performance: How Does Firm Level Productivity In Lao PDR Compare With Other Countries?
  • Chapter 4: Enterprise Constraints: What Do Firms In Lao PDR View As The Major Challenges To Doing Business?
  • Chapter 5: Looking At The Top Constraints In Detail: Skills
  • Chapter 6: Looking At The Top Constraints In Detail: Access To Finance
  • Chapter 7: Looking At The Top Constraints In Details: Regulatory Compliance (Including Tax, Licensing And Customs/Border Management)
  • Chapter 8: Looking At The Top Constraints In Detail: Corruption
  • Chapter 9: Conclusions For Policy: Transforming The Investment Climate In Lao PDR
  • References
  • Annex 1: Main variables and concepts used in the analysis
  • Annex 2: Total factor productivity estimation
  • Annex 3: Exporting in 2009 and 2012
  • Annex 4: Problems with perceptions about the investment climate
  • Annex 5: Econometric analysis of perceptions about the investment climate
Download link:  World Bank

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