Lao PDR Competitiveness and Trade Project (WB-P164813)

  • Laos
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  • World Bank (WB)
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Project Status
Bank Risk Rating
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Voting Date
Sep 27, 2018
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Lao People’s Democratic Republic
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  • Finance
  • Industry and Trade
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Investment Type(s)
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 10.00 million
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Project Cost (USD)
$ 13.00 million
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Primary Source

Original disclosure @ WB website

Updated in EWS Mar 27, 2019

Disclosed by Bank Jan 24, 2018

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Project Description

The project objectives are to simplify business regulations, facilitate trade, and improve firm-level competitiveness. There are four components to the project as

The first component is improving the business environment by improving the transparency and efficiency of the general business environment and to reduce the costs it currently imposes on all enterprises, and SMEs.

The second component is the facilitating trade and connecting to markets. This component is designed to support the Government of Lao PDR in implementing the provisions of the WTO TFA.20

The third component is the improving firm-level competitiveness, which will be implemented through component C.1 (Business Assistance Facility).

Finally, the fourth component is the supporting better and more Inclusive Policies will support effective project implementation, monitoring, and evaluation, and improved economic analysis policymaking.

Investment Description
  • World Bank (WB)

International Development Association (IDA) US$ 10.00 million

Lao PDR - Free-standing Trust Fund Program  US$  3.00 million

Total Cost                                                    US$ 13.00 million


Contact Information

1/World Bank
Contact: Mombert Hoppe
Title: Senior Economist

Lao People’s Democratic Republic

3/Implementing Agencies
Ministry of Industry and Commerce
Contact: Phouvieng Phongsa
Title: Director - National Implementation Unit


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