Women entrepreneurs in Lao PDR

  • 30235

Women play a crucial role in the development of Lao PDR's economy.

While remarkable progress has been made on economic achievements in Lao PDR, gender gaps remain on several indicators particularly education, literacy rates, and business participation. The contributing factors are complex and likely due to de facto rather than de jure constraints.

Lao PDR performs well on most legal and regulatory indicators and most laws are gender-neutral. Nevertheless, women and men tend to be concentrated in different sectors, endowed with different educational levels and skills, have varying access to networks and information, and have separate cultural/family responsibilities, which tend to lead to different levels of economic participation between women and men.

Lao PDR has a strong legal framework and system in place to support Gender Equality. Yet, while laws and policies tend to be gender-neutral, they lead to different outcomes between men and women. On average, women in Lao PDR tend to exhibit lower literacy levels and educational achievements. The difference is wider in areas outside of Vientiane. Women entrepreneurs in Lao PDR tend to be concentrated in smaller firms, be service oriented, vary in representation across regions, and participate in some degree of the trade. Men tend to concentrate more on sectors such as construction, transport and warehouses, and electricity and mining, which are medium and large enterprises.

The Ministry of Industry and Commerce (MOIC) is committed to addressing the specific challenges affecting women-owned and managed enterprises through supporting the implementation of possible complementary policies and interventions to alleviate these constraints and mitigate potential adverse impacts of increased economic activities on gender equality.

This​ website will be another channel to promote the business of more female entrepreneurs by promoting transparency and effectiveness with access to laws and practices related to business operations in Lao PDR.



© 2023 Department of Enterprise Registration and Management . All rights reserved

Last update: Tuesday, 12 September 2023

Total visitors: 952607 | Last 30 days: 45153
Yesterday: 431 | Today: 255 | See more statistics

Statistics visitors

Visitors: 952607
Sectors: 11125
Authorities: 616
Search formalities: 407931
Formalities view: 321185
Last 30 days
Visitors: 45153
Sectors: 369
Authorities: 6
Search formalities: 22218
Formalities view: 12803
Visitors: 431
Sectors: 1
Authorities: 0
Search formalities: 163
Formalities view: 207
Visitors: 255
Sectors: 4
Authorities: 0
Search formalities: 115
Formalities view: 98
reset WAY cursor WAY contrast WAY Font size WAY Black and White WAY Links WAY