Laos’ growing importance on the world stage is a reflection of its 2013 accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO), its membership in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), its unique position on the Mekong River, the lifeblood of mainland Southeast Asia, and its shared borders with Burma, Cambodia, China, Thailand and Vietnam. As Laos enters international markets, the United States is helping to improve the country’s economic policies and increase its integration within the global economy.
USAID helps Laos modernize its economy while promoting sustainable development and biodiversity conservation. As trade opens Laos’ borders to increased goods and investment partners, USAID also works to mitigate the spread of infectious diseases and pandemic threats.
Last updated: November 24, 2015