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Fact Sheet

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Laos

Official Title:
Lao People’s Democratic Republic


General Information

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 statistic is unavailable.
Bilateral Product trade
Canada - Laos
Year Exports Imports
2011 $7,065,305 $6,589,431
2012 $9,512,379 $9,962,393
2013 $6,374,528 $11,168,383
2014 $11,798,032 $16,494,308
2015 $5,795,868 $23,704,655
Product trade (2015)
21 HS Sections
Canada - Laos
Section Exports Imports
01 Animal & Prod. $64,904 $
02 Veg. Prod. $ $33,659
03 Fats, Oils & Waxes Prod. $ $
04 Food Prod. $ $114,350
05 Mineral Prod. $ $1,889
06 Chemical Prod. $1,129,059 $13,751,585
07 Plastics, Rubber Prod. $4,457 $255,533
08 Leather, Fur Prod. $ $14,962
09 Wood Prod. $ $30,617
10 Paper Prod. $ $4,100
11 Textiles Prod. $1,509 $7,806,607
12 Dress Access. $ $952
13 Glass & Stone Prod. $5,575 $
14 Precious Metals/stones $ $1,568,840
15 Base Metal Prod. $29,279 $7,911
16 Mach. Mech. Elec. Prod. $2,511,366 $10,890
17 Vehicles and Equip. $1,879,647 $
18 Specialized Inst. $156,231 $70,340
19 Arms & Ammunition $ $
20 Misc. Articles $2,400 $85,938
21 Antiques $ $

Capital: Vientiane
Population (million): 7.029
Total Area: 237,000km2
Currency: 1 CAN$ = 6274.47 Lao Kip (LAK)(2015 - 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, communist state

Head of State:
President Bounnhang Vorachit

Head of Government:
Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith

Ministers:
Foreign Affairs: Saleumxay Kommasith
Industry and Commerce: Khemmani Pholsena

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

Elections:
Last: April 2016.


Economic Information (2015)

Comparative figures
Type Laos Canada
GDP: ($ billion) 15.99 1985.05
GDP per capita: ($) 2274.46 55409.05
GDP growth rate: (%) 7.01 1.18
Inflation: (%) 5.3 1.1
Unemployment: (%) 0 6.89

Product Trade and investment (2015)

Canadian exports to country: $5,795,868
Canadian imports from country: $23,704,655
FDI in Canada: $ million
CDI in Laos: $ million


Representation

Foreign Representation in Canada:
Ambassador Mai Sayavongs (Washington)

Canadian Representation Abroad:
Ambassador Philip Calvert (Bangkok)


July 2016
Sources include: Statistics Canada, IMF

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Date Modified:
2010-02-17