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Canada-Laos fact sheet

Official Title:
Lao People’s Democratic Republic

General Information

Capital: Vientiane
Population (million): 7.38
Total Area: 237,000km2
Currency: 1 CAN$ = 6618.66 Lao Kip (LAK) (2021- Annual average)
National Holiday: Republic Day, 2 December (1975)
Language(s): Lao (official), French, various ethnic languages

Political Information

Type of State:
Socialist Republic

Type of Government:
One party rule

Head of State:
President Thongloun Sisoulith

Head of Government:
Prime Minister Phankham Viphavanh

Ministers:
Foreign Affairs: Saleumxay Kommasith
Industry and Commerce: Sompheng Saysompheng

Main Political Parties:
Lao People’s Revolutionary Party (LPRP)

Elections:
Last: April 2016.

Economic Information (2021)

Comparative figures
Type Laos Canada
GDP: ($ billion) 23.49 2,520.82
GDP per capita: ($) 3,183.41 65,944.96
GDP growth rate: (%) 2,06 4,56
Inflation: (%) 3,75 3,4
Unemployment: (%) 0 7,43

Source: IMF (estimates)

Product Trade and Investment (2021)

Canadian exports to country: $8,387,267
Canadian imports from country: $33,954,457
FDI in Canada: $ million
CDI in the country: $ million

Source: Statistics Canada

Representation

Foreign Representation in Canada:
Ambassador-designate Sisavath INPHACHANH (Washington D.C.)

Canadian Representation Abroad:
Ambassador Sarah Taylor (Bangkok)

Please note that all statistics reflect Canadian dollars, with some figures reflecting the yearly averages for the year. If listed as ’0’ or absent, the figure is unavailable.

Bilateral Product trade
Canada - Laos
Year Exports Imports
2017 $6,131,998 $31,412,247
2018 $3,423,708 $65,297,533
2019 $2,843,830 $47,578,997
2020 $2,554,907 $30,264,011
2021 $8,387,267 $33,954,457
21 HS Sections (2021)
Canada - Laos
Section Exports Imports
01 Animal & Prod. $7,322 $
02 Veg. Prod. $159,751 $7,595
03 Fats, Oils & Waxes Prod. $30,957 $
04 Food Prod. $533,076 $2,575
05 Mineral Prod. $1,308 $21,317
06 Chemical Prod. $1,957,849 $5,833,337
07 Plastics, Rubber Prod. $361,380 $1,482,661
08 Leather, Fur Prod. $1,430 $5,179
09 Wood Prod. $ $15,307
10 Paper Prod. $1,225,786 $124
11 Textiles Prod. $135,235 $6,580,818
12 Dress Access. $4,573 $4,575,863
13 Glass & Stone Prod. $26,717 $8
14 Precious Metals/stones $ $184,668
15 Base Metal Prod. $480,069 $62,954
16 Mach. Mech. Elec. Prod. $2,046,565 $15,133,654
17 Vehicles and Equip. $738,479 $101
18 Specialized Inst. $549,335 $27,833
19 Arms & Ammunition $1,110 $
20 Misc. Articles $9,015 $9,200
21 Antiques $ $


September 2022
Sources include: Statistics Canada, IMF

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