Laos saw a record $932 million in the value of imports and exports last month, but recorded a trade deficit of $62 million, as the value of imports at $497 million was higher than the value of exports at $435 million.
Laos enjoyed a trade surplus in controlled goods through Vietnam in the first six months of 2021 despite the transport difficulties caused by Covid-19 prevention measures.
The year-on-year inflation rate continued to rise in Laos last month amid economic distress triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Laos, as a least developed country, is still largely dominated by microbusinesses, which account for 94.2 per cent of all enterprises in the country, the results of the latest survey revealed on February 16 show.
Vientiane authorities have pledged to carry out 30 large-scale development projects from now until 2025 in a bid to accelerate the Lao capital’s economic growth.
Business operators will find it easier to make decisions about investment in Savannakhet now that the Lao province has created a website which provides all the information needed by potential investors.
Laos' domestic revenue is expected to decline further from 13.5 per cent last year to 10.2 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) this year, the World Bank said in a report.
Laos could face a trade loss of $102 million under the special tariff scheme if the country graduates from the UN’s Least Developed Country (LDC) status in 2024, a recent study found.
The Lao government has approved more than 6,000 investment projects with combined funding of nearly $37 billion since the introduction of the market-oriented economy in the 1980s.