Over half a century ago, Lao PDR began its journey to become a modern nation and committed itself to long-term development ambitions. It has delivered electricity, schools, roads, and has become an important energy exporter.
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An additional 96,000 young people will be looking for jobs every year in the coming decades. Having more potential workers presents an opportunity for growth, but only if productive, income-generating... Show More + jobs are available.While the government has focused on the role of education in skills development, the Lao PDR Development Report aims to identify what needs to be done to create more and better jobs for Lao PDR’s growing population.Key findingsLao PDR’s economy is growing fast but growth is mainly driven by the hydro and mining sectors where very few jobs are created: only 22,000 people work in these sectors and this number is unlikely to increase much, given how capital intensive those sectors are.Currently, most of the jobs that are available in Lao PDR are not very attractive: productivity and growth remains very low, and this implies relatively low wages, and relatively slow growth in those wages.The underlying problem is that a difficult business environment keeps foreign and domes Show Less -
Protecting a Global Public Good with Information and Innovation“Natural resource law enforcement is a global public good and not enough is being done in this area,” says William Magrath, Lead Natural... Show More + Resources Economist, The World Bank. “Many of the most damaging environmental crimes involve transnational activities, such as smuggling, where the effectiveness of the authorities in any one country is inherently limited. There are big gaps when it comes to financing, policy and capacity, which is why the environment sector in developing countries is more vulnerable to crime than other sectors and international cooperation is essential."The Bank actively identifies investment and policy reform needs so that it can help fill the gaps. Because there is little information on wildlife crimes and networks, the Bank is funding the ICCWC’s work to establish a mechanism for criminal intelligence. To address the lack of country data, the ICCWC’s analysis of wildlife law enforcement Show Less -
The World Bank, Food and Agriculture Organization, and International Rice Research Institute produced the Lao PDR: Rice Policy 2012 report. This study is a first attempt to analyze rice sector in Lao PDR,... Show More + also commonly known as Laos, through an in-depth analysis which combines technical aspects of rice production with a broad-based socio-economic analysis. The Lao government commissioned the report.Key FindingsLao rice production has been increasing significantly since the early 1990s. It was driven by area expansion and increase in yields. Rice production in Laos has more than doubled over 1991–2011, and reached around 3.3 million tons of paddy in 2011.While Laos has still one of the highest per capita annual rice consumption levels in the world, there is evidence that it had reached the peak in mid-2000s and is now on a declining trend. A significant portion of the population of Laos is already located past the maximum rice per capita consumption level and this trend has b Show Less -