Lao PDR: ASEAN Regional Integration Support (Laos-ARISE Plus)
The ARISE Plus Laos programme is a four-year programme that contributes to the integration of the Lao economy into global production chains through targeted support to both the public and private sectors, with a focus on smallholders and SMEs. It will concern specifically targeted sectors (e.g. wood processing and agro-based products).
Sustainable Development Goals
Targeting sustainable economic growth
ARISE Plus – Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR) aims to help the country integrate its economy into regional markets and global production chains by supporting smallholders and small and medium-sized enterprises as well as the public sector.
This integration will create jobs and promote inclusive economic growth, increase Lao PDR’s resilience in the face of more pronounced climate change, and mitigate its current economic vulnerability due to its current dependence on limited sectors and markets.
Under ARISE Plus Lao PDR, ITC is working with the public and private sectors to meet the regional trade provisions, to better understand the trade preferences and requirements of different export markets, and to improve the business environment. It has a special focus on two high export value products: wood processing and coffee. Ultimately, it will boost regional and international trade, in these sectors and others.
This project is the Lao PDR national component of the regional ARISE Plus Programme, funded by the EU, which supports overall regional economic integration.