Friday, July 24, 2009

Laos turns to future WTO membership commitments

Recent developments in Laos' WTO accession.

Study on Land Tax and Land Fees Policy in Lao PDR

The report found that it cost the administration LAK 14 billion (USD 1.4 million) to collect LAK 27 billion (USD 2.7 million) as Land Tax. It also suggested some reform measures if the target revenue is to be met.

Public Expenditure Review: Integrated Fiduciary Assessment

If you are interested in how public spending are planned, implemented, and differences among sectors (agriculture, roads, education, health, environment), this paper is worth taking a look at. Downloadable at

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Agrarian Land-Use Transformation in Northern Laos

Based on filed surveys and satellite images analysis, the study found transformation of upland swidden area to permanent agricultural land (especially to grow sugar cane, maize and rubber) to have happened in Northern part of Laos along Asian Highway Route No.3 (North-South Corridor 3A) during the early 2000s. Downloadable at

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Lao Expenditure and Consumption Survey 2002/03 LECS 3

The official report on Lao Expenditure and Consumption Survey 2002/03 (LECS 3). This electronoc version is freely downloadable while you have to pay to get the hard copy version. Downloadable at