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Statement by Professor Philip Alston, UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights on his visit to Lao PDR, 18-28 March 2019

On paper, the Lao Peoples Democratic Republic has made great progress in poverty reduction over recent decades. And after more than twenty years of striving to graduate from least developed country (LDC) status, and maintaining GDP growth above 6.5 percent since 2005, the country is set to graduate in 2024. This impressive growth has been achieved in large part through encouraging foreign investment, particularly in mining, hydropower, and agriculture. However, behind this apparent success story lies a more complicated and problematic reality. Unlike in many countries, Lao PDRs rapid economic growth has not led to a commensurate reduction in poverty. The Governments single-minded focus on large infrastructure projects (such as dams and railways), land acquisition, resource extraction, and foreign investment hascreated all too few jobs for Lao people, generated very large debt repayment obligations, and disproportionately benefited wealthy elites. Those living in poverty, ethnic minorities, and people in rural areas have seen very few of the benefits of the economic boom.

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Document type Analysis, discussion papers, and blogs
Language of document
  • English
  • Lao
  • Human rights
  • Poverty reduction
  • United Nations
Geographic area (spatial range)
  • Lao People's Democratic Republic
Copyright Yes
Version / Edition 2019
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Author (individual) Philip Alston, UN Special Rapporteur
Publisher OHCHR
Publication date 2019
Pagination 23
Date uploaded April 10, 2019, 06:25 (UTC)
Date modified May 27, 2019, 03:50 (UTC)