External Debt in Laos
Absent official data, the economy in 2022 likely grew at a similar pace to 2021, supported by looser Covid-19 restrictions and the Laos-China railway. That said, the debt and cost-of-living crises, heavy floods in H2 and a sharp currency depreciation will have tempered growth prospects. Turning to the current year, available data paints a mixed picture. Inflation remained at near-record highs through April. Coupled with 100 basis points of monetary policy tightening in February, this has likely stifled domestic demand. More positively, cross-border economic activity via the Laos-China railway has benefitted from the reopening of the Boten-Mohan international border crossing on 8 January; cargo volumes on the route surged by over 150% year on year between January and April, boding well for the external sector.
Laos External Debt Chart
Laos External Debt Data
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