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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
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 $23,753,410
2016 $11,465,550 $25,654,468
Product trade (2016)
21 HS Sections
Canada - Laos
Section Exports Imports
01 Animal & Prod. $ $1
02 Veg. Prod. $ $339,697
03 Fats, Oils & Waxes Prod. $ $
04 Food Prod. $175,829 $11,464
05 Mineral Prod. $ $52
06 Chemical Prod. $644,045 $11,508,845
07 Plastics, Rubber Prod. $58 $5,754
08 Leather, Fur Prod. $676 $19,658
09 Wood Prod. $80 $23,525
10 Paper Prod. $1 $25,822
11 Textiles Prod. $14,393 $8,864,595
12 Dress Access. $ $76,771
13 Glass & Stone Prod. $ $
14 Precious Metals/stones $ $536,667
15 Base Metal Prod. $23,373 $1,218
16 Mach. Mech. Elec. Prod. $8,211,634 $3,844,314
17 Vehicles and Equip. $1,695,620 $3,151
18 Specialized Inst. $565,635 $277,671
19 Arms & Ammunition $126,830 $
20 Misc. Articles $4,076 $111,245
21 Antiques $ $

Capital: Vientiane
Population (million): 7.03
Total Area: 237,000km2
Currency: 1 CAN$ = 6024.92533 Lao Kip (LAK) (2016 - 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) 16.10 1,987.87
GDP per capita: ($) 2,290.95 55,487.60
GDP growth rate: (%) 7.56 1.08
Inflation: (%) 5.3 1.1
Unemployment: (%) 0 6.89

Product Trade and investment (2016)

Canadian exports to country: $11,465,550
Canadian imports from country: $25,654,468
FDI in Canada: $ million (2015)
CDI in Laos: $ million (2015)


Representation

Foreign Representation in Canada:
Ambassador Mai Sayavongs (Washington)

Canadian Representation Abroad:
Ambassador-designate Donica Pottie (Bangkok)


February 2017
Sources include: Statistics Canada, IMF

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Date Modified:
2010-02-17