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Dr. Axel Neubert

Our Work in Laos

Promotion of the Social Market Economy

Lao PDR is a developing country with rapidly growing economy and social development. While living standards of the population have gradually improved, the gap between rich and poor is still wide. In the Socio-Economic Development Plan 2021-25, Laos defined the main goals of reforming its economic structure, aiming to further reduce poverty and income disparities.

The Laotian economy needs reform processes and developed strategies to make more inclusive growth with more market-economy elements and to improve the economic structure in general. The National Institute for Economic Research (NIER) think tank develops economic and social strategies and provides the government with advisory and assistance. Here, the NIER relies on the cooperation with the HSS who brings international know-how to the development of corresponding concepts.


Improving the rule of law

The legal system in Laos is deficient in many legal areas, and there is often a lack of internationally valid standards. Lawyers and judges are not adequately trained in the application of international legal standards. It is particularly difficult for citizens to enforce their rights in regions far from the capital. The HSS is currently advising the Supreme Public Prosecutor's Office on establishing administrative reportability. This should correspond to the international standards and increase the participation and legal security of the citizens.


Target groups:

• Decision-makers and researcher of national economic think tanks

• Judges, state attorneys and lawyers

• Representatives of civil society



• National Institute for Economic Research (NIER)

• Laos Supreme Prosecutor's Office