Lao People's Democratic Republic Resident Representative Site
Resident Representative Office in Lao People's Democratic Republic
This web page presents information about the work of the IMF in Lao People's Democratic Republic, including the activities of the IMF Resident Representative Office. Additional information can be found on the Lao People's Democratic Republic and IMF country page, including IMF reports and Executive Board documents that deal with Lao People's Democratic Republic.
IMF-JICA High-Level Conference on Economic Transformation and Inclusive Growth in Frontier Asia
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) held a conference on January 28, 2013, in Bangkok, Thailand, to discuss how Frontier Asia can move up the development ladder while ensuring that growth and jobs creation benefits all segments of society.
The conference was addressed by IMF Deputy Managing Director Naoyuki Shinohara, and included ministers, central bank governors and senior officials from Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam. The Kyrgyz Republic also participated, and Bank of Thailand Governor Prasarn Trairatvorakul offered opening remarks.
Conference website: www.imf.org/frontierasia (includes papers presented).
See also: Conference program and press release.
News — Highlights
Lao People's Democratic Republic and the IMF
Press Release: IMF Technical Assistance Moves to Strengthen the Capacity of Officials in South East Asia on Macro-Financial Linkages and Diagnostics
Press Release: IMF Executive Board Concludes Article IV Consultation with Lao People’s Democratic Republic
Lao People's Democratic Republic: 2014 Article IV Consultation-Staff Report; Press Release; and Statement by the Executive Director for the Lao People's Democratic Republic
February 26, 2015
Series: Country Report No. 15/45
Regional Economic Outlook: Asia and Pacific
The economic outlook for Asia and Pacific is stable and robust, with growth expected to hold steady at 5.6 percent in 2015, easing slightly to 5.5 percent in 2016, according to the latest Regional Economic Outlook for Asia and Pacific, published on May 7, 2015.
Although Asia will remain the global growth leader, vulnerabilities associated with increased domestic and foreign debt are rising. Potential growth is likely to slow, reflecting weaker productivity gains, and the effects of aging populations and infrastructure bottlenecks in some countries.
The report finds that monetary and fiscal policy settings are broadly appropriate, but boosting resilience and potential growth remain top priorities, with structural reforms continuing to play a big role. The report also explores Asia's role in global value chains and the factors affecting financial integration within Asia.