Laos Country Profile


Laos’ growing regional importance is a reflection of its location — bordering China, Burma, Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand — its membership in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), its 2013 accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO), and its position on the Mekong River, the lifeblood of mainland Southeast Asia. As Laos transitions to open and free markets, the United States is helping to improve economic policy in Laos and increase the country’s capacity to fully integrate within the global economy.

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 4:30am

Last updated: February 12, 2014