Lao People’s Democratic Republic is a land-locked country with population of 6.75 million in 2017 and the GDP value of USD 17.09 billion. Lao PDR is one of the fastest growing economies in the region and globally as the GDP growth averaged at 7.8% over the last decade. Previously, agriculture constituted the main economic sector, accounted for over 50% of Lao PDR GDP. However recent expansion on manufacturing has been shifting GDP share in Lao PDR. Currently, agriculture sector contributes to 23% of Lao PDR GDP while the industry and services sectors contribute to 33% and 37% respectively. The country aims to accelerate its development and to end its status of a least-developed country by 2020. Vientiane (or Viangchan) is the capital city of the country and the official language is Lao.
 ASEAN Secretariat. ASEAN Statistical Leaflet 2018