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This paper describes economic developments in Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR) during the 1990s. Economic reforms in Lao PDR that started in 1986 were supported by IMF arrangements in 1989–97. During those years, the economy grew annually at 5 percent to 8 percent and through prudent macroeconomic policies, the government managed to achieve broadly stable macroeconomic conditions. Meanwhile, structural reforms took shape, so that market processes are now at work in most segments of the economy. However, in 1997, economic conditions deteriorated and progress in structural reform slowed significantly.
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Value 0.9 0.1 0.3 0 0.2 Other 20 14 6 11 15 Value 10.6 6.5 15.7 1.1 5.8 Total licensed investments 1/ 172 131 63 63 72 (Total value in millions of U.S. dollars) 2/ 122.8 2,064.3 366.3 1,292.6 113.8 Source: Data provided by the Lao authorities. 1/ Some investments have multiple foreign partners. 2/ The total aggregate value of overall investment excludes the proposed capital contributions of domestic Lao investors as well as some energy-related investments

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This Selected Issues paper examines the main causes for the surge in dollarization in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR). It explores various strategies that may be adopted to maintain low inflation and thus, indirectly, encourage the use of the national currency. The paper highlights that foreign currencies now account for the largest component of the domestic money supply. This situation, although encouraging in a country with poorly developed financial institutions, poses several challenges for the authorities.
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This report discusses major developments in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR), and updates the statistical tables on recent economic developments and provides an overview of the real sector. Factors that have limited revenue collections and developments in the monetary and financial sectors have been presented. The paper discusses the weakness of monetary policy as well as the financial sector and recent efforts to reform the banking system. Foreign direct investment and foreign exchange regime in Lao PDR have been examined.
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.7 0.02 Other 14 6 11 15 10 12 Value 6.5 15.7 1.1 5.8 30.7 8.3 Total licensed investments 1/ 131 63 63 72 68 43 (Total value in millions of U.S. dollars) 2,064.3 366.3 1,292.6 113.8 122.5 78.4 Source: Data provided by the Lao authorities. 1/ First 10 Months 2/ Some investments have multiple foreign partners. 3/ The total aggregate value of overall investments excludes the proposed capital contributions of domestic Lao investors as well as some energy

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This Selected Issues paper examines the reform of state-owned banks and enterprises in Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR). It highlights that recurring high levels of nonperforming loans of state-owned commercial banks have been caused by internal factors, including continued weak credit risk management, lack of skilled and experienced credit personnel, and poor credit culture. The paper outlines the recent and prospective improvements in public expenditure management, and briefly discusses the recent developments in expenditure by focusing on sectoral composition. The paper also summarizes the financial information on the hydroelectric power sector.
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/ 109 172 131 63 63 (Total value in thousands of U.S. dollars) 2/ 170.1 122.8 2,064.3 366.3 1,292.6 Source: Data provided by the Lao authorities. 1/ Some investments have multiple foreign partners. 2/ The total aggregate value of overall investments excludes the proposed capital contributions of domestic Lao investors as well as some energy-related investments. Table 28. Lao P.D.R.: External Debt Outstanding, 1992-96 (In millions of U.S. dollars; end of period) 1992 1993 1994

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This paper reviews economic developments in Lao People’s Democratic Republic during 1996. The paper notes that real GDP growth of nearly 7 percent was readied despite disappointing growth in the agricultural sector in the aftermath of the floods. It highlights that the significant reduction in inflation in 1996 was brought about despite significant hikes in food prices as a result of those floods. The paper also indicates how the 1995/96 budget contributed to the financial tightening needed after the 1995 surge in inflation.