Economy - Laos

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Asian Development Bank
The Asian Development Bank, a multilateral development finance institution, was founded in 1966 by member governments to promote the social and economic progress of the Asian and Pacific region. The databases of Asia Development Bank's (ADB) developing member countries (DMCs) that are published here are subsets of the Statistical Database System (SDBS) being maintained by EDSD. They include annual data on national accounts, external trade and direction of trade, price indexes, population, labor force, balance of payments, government finance, money and banking, external indebtedness, production and energy for the years 1980 to 1998.
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US Library of Congress
The Library of Congress's mission is to make its resources available and useful to Congress and the American people and to sustain and preserve a universal collection of knowledge and creativity for future generations. Through this Web site, the Library is offering broad public access to a wide range of information as a contribution to education and scholarship.The Library of Congress presents these materials as part of the record of the past. Users should keep in mind that some materials may contain offensive language or negative stereotypes reflecting the culture or language of a period or place. The US Library of Congress explores Laos through this quick country profile which includes detailed section on economy.
Laos Economy
U.S. State Department - Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs
This site is managed by the Office of Electronic Information, Bureau of Public Affairs and is a portal for information from the U.S. State Department.
Economy of Laos
Index of Economic Freedom
For over a decade, The Wall Street Journal and The Heritage Foundation, Washington's preeminent think tank, have tracked the march of economic freedom around the world with the influential Index of Economic Freedom. The 2007 Index of Economic Freedom has been redesigned to be accessible to the congressional staffer and the college student, the finance minister and the financial adviser.
Index of Economic Freedom 2007 - Laos
Created by the Center for International Business Education and Research at Michigan State University (MSU-CIBER), globalEDGE™ is a knowledge web-portal that connects international business professionals worldwide to a wealth of information, insights, and learning resources on global business activities.
Economy of Laos
World Bank
The World Bank came into existence on June 25, 1946. The World Bank's goal is to reduce poverty and improve living standards by promoting sustainable growth and investment in people. To achieve this objective, the bank provides loans, technical assistance and policy guidance to developing-country members. It works in more than 100 developing economies, bringing a mix of finance and ideas to improve living standards and eliminate the worst forms of poverty.
The World Bank - Profile of Laos
International Monetary Fund (IMF)
The IMF is "a cooperative institution that 182 countries have voluntarily joined because they see the advantage of consulting with one another in this forum to maintain a stable system of buying and selling their currencies so that payments in foreign money can take place between countries smoothly and without delay." The IMF began operations in Washington, D.C. in May 1946. Membership is open to every country that conducts its own foreign policy and is willing to adhere to the IMF charter of rights and obligations.
Economic conditionsLao People's Democratic Republic; Article IV consultations (Adobe Acrobat Reader )