German FDI in ASEAN Part II: Indonesia and Laos


ASEAN continues to be an important FDI destination for European investors. Read more about Germany’s investments in Indonesia and Laos in the second part of our five-part article on German FDI in ASEAN.

Laos’ Investment Outlook for 2019


In recent years, Laos’ energy sector has experienced massive investments largely due to the country’s natural hydropower resources. Read our latest article to understand Laos’ latest FDI trends and outlook for 2019.

Investing in ASEAN’s Coffee Industry


ASEAN’s coffee industry offers several opportunities for foreign investors. Read our latest article to know more about the coffee industry in Vietnam, Indonesia, Laos, Thailand and the Philippines.

Laos Increases Minimum Monthly Wage for the Third Time in Eight Years


The Lao government has increased the country’s monthly minimum wage from Kip 900,000 (US$108) to Kip 1,100,000 (US$132) with effect from May 1, 2018. While this is the third such raise in the last eight years, the revised wages are still significantly lower than those in neighboring countries in ASEAN.

Laos’ Investment Outlook for 2018


Landlocked Laos is among the poorest economies of the world. Yet, in terms of gross domestic product (GDP), the economy continues to soar. Read more about Laos’s latest FDI trends and outlook for 2018 in our latest article.

The Guide to Employment Permits for Foreign Workers in Laos


For expatriate workers and their employers in Laos, understanding the process to obtain a business visa and employment permit is essential. Read more about the various business visas and employment permits issued to expatriates planning to work in Laos.

Import and Export Procedures in Laos – Best Practices


As Laos continues to integrate its market and regulatory system within ASEAN, the ease of doing business for both importers and exporters will continue to improve. In this article we explain best practices for importing into and exporting out of Laos.

ASEAN Growth to Remain Resilient Despite Regional Vulnerabilities


The World Bank forecasts ASEAN growth to remain resilient despite risks from global and regional vulnerabilities. Read more for a country by country breakdown of the WB’s forecasts for developing ASEAN countries in our latest article.

ASEAN Regulatory Brief: Malaysia Cabotage Policy, Philippines Tax Reform, and Laos Land Concessions


In this week’s ASEAN Regulatory Brief, we highlight Malaysia’s cabotage policy exemption for Sarawak, Sabah and Labuan; analyze the Philippines’ comprehensive tax reform proposals; and focus on recent changes to Laos’ land concession regulations.

ASEAN Regulatory Brief: Singapore Anti-Bribery Standard, Thailand E-Work Permits, and Laos Sea Access


In this week’s ASEAN Regulatory Brief, we discuss Singapore’s recent adoption of Anti-Bribery Standard, highlight the introduction of e-work permit smart cards for migrant workers in Thailand, and focus on latest developments related to Laos’ bid to gain access to the sea.

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