Lao People's Democratic Republic: Staff Report for the 2013 Article IV Consultation

Publication Date: December 20, 2013
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Summary: This 2013 Article IV Consultation highlights that over the past year, the economy of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic has been overheating from expansionary macroeconomic policies. The fiscal deficit is estimated to have widened to 6½ percent of GDP, mainly fro'm a doubling of public sector employee compensation and higher capital spending. Government liquidity is tight, and wage and other arrears of 2–3 percent of GDP have emerged. Monetary policy has been accommodative, and credit growth remains vigorous. Although medium-term growth prospects remain favorable, based on robust natural resource exports and post-WTO expansion in the nonresource sectors, heightened vulnerabilities have subjected the outlook to considerable uncertainty.
Series: Country Report No. 13/369
Subject(s): Article IV consultation reports | Economic growth | Fiscal policy | Monetary policy | Bank supervision | Economic indicators | Debt sustainability analysis | Staff Reports | Press releases | Lao P. D..R.

Publication Date: December 20, 2013
ISBN/ISSN: 9781484319178/1934-7685 Format: Paper
Stock No: 1LAOEA2013001 Pages: 67
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