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ARISE Plus in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic

  • Inclusive growth through regional integration, trade intelligence and participating in global value chains

    ARISE+ promotes inclusive economic growth, climate change resilience, mitigating vulnerability and job creation in the Lao People's Democratic Republic. 

    The project gears towards improving the country's overall business environment and increasing its participation in global value chains in two sectors: wood processing and coffee. During the project period (2018-2022), the European Union-funded project will support the country's regional economic integration under the European Union (EU) 2014-2020 Multiannual Indicative Programme for Asia.  

    The project's main partner is the Ministry of Industry and Commerce (MoIC) through its National Implementation Unit. An ITC Project Coordination Office, based in the Ministry of Industry and Commerce, supports the project implementation.


    Project beneficiaries include line ministries such as the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry or the Ministry of Science and Technology, as well as trade and investment support institutions, including the Lao National Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

    Direct project beneficiaries are also Lao producers, micro, small and medium-size enterprises (MSMEs) and exporters (e.g. in the wood processing and coffee sectors), including women and youth.


    1. Increased regional economic integration: by addressing specific constraints in selected sectors implementing measures contained in the ASEAN Trade in Goods Agreement and the ASEAN Economic Community Blueprint 2025; 
    2. Increased awareness on trade preferences for exports: including to the EU, with greater use of Everything But Arms, and on the requirements for placing products on the EU market; advanced preparation of the Lao People's Democratic Republic to shift to a new trade preference scheme; and
    3. Strengthened support services (especially for smallholders and MSMEs, with a focus on women), reduced supply-side constraints and trade and investment promotion in targeted sectors (e.g. wood processing and agro-based products). 


    The progressive integration of Lao People's Democratic Republic into regional value chains within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Economic Community and related trade agreements with neighbouring Asian countries can generate significant growth, increase exports and create employment opportunities in non-resource sectors.

    Exports to the EU under the existing Everything But Arms scheme can also be expanded. ARISE+ will help the country take advantage of these opportunities by improving the business environment in specific sectors, with a focus on regional economic integration and trade and investment to and from the EU, and by supporting productive capacities through addressing supply-side constraints, business competitiveness and investment in these sectors. Together, these activities will contribute to the overall objective of inclusive economic growth, mitigation of vulnerability (especially due to dependence on few sectors and markets) and job creation.

    The programme assists the Government of the Lao People's Democratic Republic, through the Ministry of Industry and Commerce and other competent ministries, departments and agencies, as well as the private sector.

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    In collaboration with the Ministry of Industry and Commerce

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  • contact

    Ms. Emilie Dairon

    Programme Officer

    Office for Asia and the Pacific

    Telephone: +41 22 730 06 14

    E-mail:  edairon@intracen.org

    Street address: ITC, 54-56, rue de Montbrillant,1202 Geneva, Switzerland Postal address: ITC, Palais des Nations, 1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland


    Ms. Marie-Claude Frauenrath

    Country Manager

    Office for Asia and the Pacific

    Telephone: +41 22 730 02 95

    E-mail: frauenrath@intracen.org

    Street address: ITC, 54-56, rue de Montbrillant,1202 Geneva, Switzerland Postal address: ITC, Palais des Nations, 1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland