Doing Business in Laos
Laos is one of the least developed countries in Southeast Asia with a population of 6.8 million people. Although still heavily dependent on foreign aid, the country's economy has been expanding by 7 percent on average over the last two decades. Despite the challenging business climate, Dutch entrepreneurs can find business opportunities in several sectors in Laos. These include agriculture, forestry, mining and other labor-intensive industries focused on export within the Southeast Asian region or beyond.
For more information, please download the factsheet below, see the Dutch part of this website on Laos, or contact the Embassy.
Business networks and contacts in Laos
Netherlands' Embassy in Bangkok
The Netherlands' Embassy in Bangkok is supporting Dutch entrepreneurs in doing business in Thailand, Laos and Cambodia.
T. +66 2 309 52 00
The Embassy is working within a more extensive trade-network with representations all over Southeast Asia. This network includes Embassies in Bangkok, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Manila, Hanoi and Yangon, a Consulate-General in Ho Chi Minh city and honorary consuls.
Eurocham Laos (ECCIL)
The main purpose of ECCIL is to represent the European business community in Laos and to offer services to members and non-members. Its principal objective is to promote and increase business between the Lao PDR and EU member states for their mutual benefit and for the benefit of its members. This includes, among others, the promotion of investment, raising the profile of the Lao PDR in the European business community and vice versa, and to promote linkages between Lao and European SMEs.
Subsidie & Programs
The Netherlands' government has developed several instruments to support Dutch companies in doing business in Laos. For more information, please visit the RVO country page on Laos (below).
In addition, several Dutch organisations are actively promoting local entrepreneurship and trade between the EU and Laos, including the CBI (Cen Centre for the Promotion of Imports from developing countries) and PUM (Netherlands Senior Experts).