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About Laos

Laos also officially known as Lao People’s Democratic Republic is a Southeast Asian country previously a French Colony and current communist country (Marxist-Leninist).

The country is one of the fastest-growing economies in South East Asia and the Pacific Region. Though the country still depends on agriculture is also rich in Mineral resources and Mining. While Metallurgy is an important industry with substantial deposits of coal, gold, bauxite, tin, copper, and other valuable metals, the mining industry is also has a prominent attention due to deposits of gold, copper, zinc, lead and other minerals.

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Basic Details
Capital CityVientiane
Government TypeSocialist Republic
Official LanguagesLao, Hmong, Khmu, French
CurrencyLao Kip, LAK
Phone Code +856
Important CitiesSavannakhet, Pakxe, Thakhek, Muang Xai, Luang Prabang, Xam Neua, Phonsavan, Vang Vieng, Muang Pakxan
National DayNational Day (2nd Dec)
GDP (nominal)USD 14.244 Billion
Ease of Doing Business Ranking155
Primary IndustriesCopper, tin, gold, and gypsum mining; timber, electric power, agricultural processing, rubber construction, garments, cement and tourism
Foreign Relations
Bordering NationsChina, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar
Member ofAsian Infrastructure Investment Bank(AIIB), Asia-Pacific Trade Agreement(APTA), Association of Southeast Asian Nations(ASEAN), East Asia Summit(EAS), Organisation internationale de la Francophonie(OIF), United Nations(UN), World Trade Organization(WTO), Group of 77(G77)
Major ExportsMining, Metals & Minerals, Gems & Jewellery, Rubber and Products, Agriculture & Farming Products and Solutions, Books and Papers, Other Products, Vegetables and Related Products, Electrical Products, Wood and Pulp, Fashion and Apparel, Instruments & Optical Solutions, Cosmetics and Accessories, Cereals & Pulses, Spices, Chemical Products
Major ImportsMining, Metals & Minerals, Machinery & Appliances, Electrical Products, Automobiles, Vehicles & Components, Gems & Jewellery, Plastics and Products, Other Products, Food & Beverages, Spirits & Vinegar, Cereals & Pulses, Agriculture & Farming Products and Solutions, Cosmetics and Accessories, Chemical Products, Wood and Pulp, Rubber and Products, Retail & Fmcg Products, Books and Papers
Total Exports ValueUSD 10.223 Billion
Total Imports ValueUSD 8.285 Billion
Foreign Trade BalanceUSD 1.938 Billion (Excess)
Foreign Relations with India
Trade Agreements with Indiabilateral relations, Bilateral trade India ASEAN Trade in Goods Agreement, Economic Integration Agreement (EIA) & Free Trade Agreement (FTA), Asia Pacific Trade Agreement (APTA)
Major Exports to IndiaGems & Jewellery, Spices, Wood and Pulp, Vegetables and Related Products, Electrical Products, Rubber and Products, Edible Oils & Seeds, Pharmaceutical Products, Fashion and Apparel, Instruments & Optical Solutions, Cosmetics and Accessories, Music and Instruments, Arms and Ammunitions, Household Items & Products, Toys and Games, Other Products, Hides, Leather & Tannery, Railway and Locomotives, Automobiles, Vehicles & Components, Aviation Vehicles
Major Imports from IndiaAutomobiles, Vehicles & Components, Pharmaceutical Products, Hides, Leather & Tannery, Food & Beverages, Spirits & Vinegar, Machinery & Appliances, Electrical Products, Chemical Products, Instruments & Optical Solutions, Plastics and Products, Mining, Metals & Minerals, Rubber and Products, Books and Papers, Silk & Textiles, Ceramic Products, Toys and Games, Fashion and Apparel, Cereals & Pulses
India's Imports ValueUSD 74.3 Million
India's Exports ValueUSD 16.98 Million
Trade Balance with IndiaUSD 57.32 Million (Excess)
Indian Embassy Details for LaosEmbassy of India
H.E. Mr. Prashant Agrawal
Honourable Ambassador
No. 125, Unit 7, Ban Saphanthong Kang, Sisattanak District, PO Box No.225, Vientiane
00-856-21-352301, 352302, 352303

Embassy Details of Laos in IndiaEmbassy of the Lao People s Democratic Republic
H.E. Mr. Bounmy Vanmany
S-420Greater Kailash, Part-IINew Delhi110048
+91-11-41327352 (O)