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Laos economy

Is the Lao State Collapsing?

Is the Lao State Collapsing?

By David Hutt
The current economic crisis has hollowed out the capacity of an already weak state apparatus.

Laos’ Economic Woes Will Continue In 2024

Laos’ Economic Woes Will Continue In 2024

By David Hutt
Given their connection to structural features of communist rule, there will be no quick respite from the economic woes.
Can Laos’ Communist Party Recover From the Current Economic Crisis?

Can Laos’ Communist Party Recover From the Current Economic Crisis?

By David Hutt
The ruling Lao People's Revolutionary Party has grossly mishandled the economy, but there is no political alternative – at least for now.

Laos Is Not in a Chinese ‘Debt Trap’ – But It Is in Trouble

Laos Is Not in a Chinese ‘Debt Trap’ – But It Is in Trouble

By Anjali Bhatt
Laos is disturbingly reliant on investment from China – and no one knows how much, and under what terms. 

Laos-China Railway Launches Crossborder Passenger Service

Laos-China Railway Launches Crossborder Passenger Service

By Sebastian Strangio
The 1,000-kilometer line reflects the growing economic integration of southern China and mainland Southeast Asia.

Inflation Continues Its Steady Upward Rise in Laos

Inflation Continues Its Steady Upward Rise in Laos

By Sebastian Strangio
Rising tourism arrivals could offer some economic relief, though the government faces a number of complex structural challenges.

Inflation in Laos Continues to Rise, Reaches 23-Year High

Inflation in Laos Continues to Rise, Reaches 23-Year High

By Sebastian Strangio
While inflation is projected to fall in 2023, there is no quick fix to the country's economic troubles.
Is Laos’ Prime Minister On His Way Out?

Is Laos’ Prime Minister On His Way Out?

By David Hutt
Phankham Viphavanh, who took office in early 2021, may be on the way out -- hounded by scandal and a bad year for Laos’ economy.

What if the Communist Social Bargain Breaks Down in Laos?

What if the Communist Social Bargain Breaks Down in Laos?

By David Hutt
The economy is stagnant and discontent is on the rise. But don't bet on a mass uprising against the ruling communist party.

Are Laos’ New Railways a Solution to its Lack of Trade with the West?

Are Laos’ New Railways a Solution to its Lack of Trade with the West?

By David Hutt
Transport costs are not the only problem facing the country, but reducing them could help spur progress in other areas.

Ratings Agency Announces Pending Withdrawal of Rating for Laos

Ratings Agency Announces Pending Withdrawal of Rating for Laos

By Sebastian Strangio
The decision by the Fitch ratings agency testifies to the depth and unpredictability of the country's current economic crisis.
Why Vietnam Should be Worried About Laos’ Economic Crisis

Why Vietnam Should be Worried About Laos’ Economic Crisis

By Khang Vu
The country's travails could deepen China's influence and destabilize the longstanding alliance between Hanoi and Vientiane.

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