Diagnostic Trade Integration Study (DTIS) 2004
DTIS update 2012
WTO accession 2013

With EIF support, Lao PDR developed a Trade and Private Sector Development Roadmap, which has served as the main instrument for their Aid for Trade harmonization, resource mobilization and coordination efforts. Within the EIF implementation framework, the country has successfully leveraged trade‑related priorities, including a total of 16 projects totalling US$68 million.

EIF-supported analytical work has been used to enhance Lao PDR’s export diversification into sectors with high social impacts, in order to ensure that trade improves the livelihoods of the poor. As a result, donors have been supporting Lao PDR’s trade goals through a multi-donor trust fund.

MOU 25/02/10
Budget 1'446'260
End date 31/03/16

EIF worked to enhance Lao PDR’s national capacity to formulate, implement, manage and monitor a pro-poor trade policy that is consistent with the country’s National Socio‐Economic Development Plan (NSEDP).


  • Following the country's EIF-supported trade analysis, four major projects were formulated to support implementation of the Trade and Private Sector Development Roadmap:
  1. US$16.5 Million Trade Development Facility - Multi-Donor Trust Fund co-financed by Australia, EU, Germany, Ireland, USA, and World Bank;
  2. US$20 Million SME Access to Finance Project supported by the World Bank;
  3. €6.5 Million German funded Project to support regional integration under ASEAN and Entrepreneurship Development; and
  4. US$9 Million US Aid funded project to support implementation of commitments under WTO, Laos-US Bilateral Agreement and institutional capacity building and other small TA from various international development institutions, including some regional programmes.
  • Key regulatory deficiencies in key service sectors, including telecommunications, insurance, and professional services, were identified and addressed.
  • Services and Investment portal established.
  • SMEs assisted to access long-term bank financing through a line of credit facility and enhancing SME financial literacy.
  • Capacity building provided for local SMEs through implementation of matching grant scheme, including tourism, IT, general manufacturing, handicrafts and the garment industry.
  • Improved competitiveness of tourism, handicraft, and agribusiness sectors in Northern and Southern parts of the country using value chain analysis. 
  • 45 participants, including NIU technicians, participated in a workshop on investment climate assessment presented by the World Bank in 2014.
  • 53 people participated in a 4-day NIU fiduciary workshop in July 2015 to enhance understanding of basic principles of financial and procurement management regulations.
MOU 09/12/13
Budget 2'491'883
End date 30/06/18

The National Quality Infrastructure component assists Lao PDR in building its national standardization system, developing a national metrology system to ensure the uniformity and traceability of measurements, building technical infrastructure for accreditation; achieving mutual recognition of accreditation and certification results, and creating private sector awareness of the importance and benefits of implementing international quality standards.


National Quality Infrastructure

  • Department of Standardization and Metrology (DSM) was upgraded from subscriber member to correspondence member in the ISO membership in early 2017.
  • 106 standards have been adopted/approved.
  • Training has been provided on Legislation and Document Control including in the Textile Testing on Lab observation at Bureau of Accreditation of Vietnam for three DSM staff and on how to utilize some lab equipment for eight lab staff and two NIU officials. Inspections of food contaminated residue have also been conducted in a meeting with the Department of Planning and Cooperation (DPC), Ubon University, Government Pharmaceutical Organization, Thailand Institute of Science and Technology, Thailand, in June 2017.
  • 50 people from line ministries, government agencies, industry and the DSM participated in a training course in Vientiane in October 2015 focusing on the international requirements for standardization and the role of the National Standards Council in the development of standards.
  • 48 participants in Xiengkhounag province attended a training on internal audit to ensure that the labs are conformant to international standards.
  • 25 people who would be assigned by the DSM as Assessors of Accreditation participated in the following courses: Internal Calibration Course (2 days), Uncertainty Calibration Course (2 days), Lead Assessor Course (5 days).
  • 169 participants learned the role and importance of standardization and metrology during three workshops in Saysomboun province, Sekong province and Xiengkhouang province in 2015.
  • A one-day workshop for SMEs was held in Vientiane in May 2015. The workshop covered the quality management system and how it helps SMEs to generate more revenue, implement quality activities, and improve product safety.

Industrial Statistics

  • All the equipment for the Vientiane and provincial statistical offices of the Department of Industry and Handicrafts (DoIH) were procured. This will support the capacity building of the country in hardware for industrial statistics.
  • Training was provided to provincial statisticians both in May 2015 on input data system design with tabulation with MS for DoIH statisticians.
  • 40 participants (DoIH teams and provincial statisticians) participated in a two-day training in June 2015 covering basic statistics, industrial statistics, and industrial index field enumeration, data collection and data input.
  • Lao PDR Diagnostic Trade Integration Study: Building Export Competitiveness in Laos (2006)

  • Lao PDR Post-National Validation Workshop Aide-Mémoire (2005)

  • Lao PDR Aide-Mémoire Main Mission (2005)

  • Lao PDR DTIS Action Matrix (2006)

  • Building Export Competitiveness in Laos: Summary Report (2006)

  • Building Export Competitiveness in Laos: Background Report (2006)

  • Lao Trade Magazine (January 2011)

  • Lao PDR DTIS Update: Trade and Private Sector Development Roadmap (2012)

  • Country Profile: Lao PDR (2011)

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  • Lao PDR Trading Stories (2013)

  • Lao PDR Annual Progress Report (2013)


Phouvieng PHONGSA
Deputy Director Department of Planning and Cooperation, and EIF Focal Point Ministry of Industry and Commerce

Sodavanh Souvannaphoum
Director of NIU Division

Bryan Fornari
Donor Facilitator, Delegation of the European Union to Lao PDR

Sengxay Phousinghoa

Litdaphone Silavong
Senior Trade Analyst Department of Planning and Cooperation - Ministry of Industry and Commerce