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The Lao PDR is one of the few surviving single-party countries that began in 1986 with the decentralisation of controls and the promotion of the state. The average annual rate of averaged more than 6% over the 1988-2008 timeframe, and Laos has recently been one of the quickest growing economies in Asia, with an average of more than 7% per year over the last ten years.
Nevertheless, Laos is still a land with an undeveloped infra-structure, especially in the countryside. Recently, the state has been confronted with a continuing balance of payments shortfall, declining exchange rate stocks and increasing government indebtedness, as the gradual rebound of the international economies, especially China, has depressed commodity export sums.
The Lao Chinese industry is highly reliant on capital-intensive raw material imports. Economists have profited from high-calibre FDI in hydroelectric power plants along the Mekong River, coal and gold mines, timber felling and building, although some of these sectors have been criticised for their impact on the environment. In 2004, Laos obtained normal trading with the US and in 2013 sought trading advantages under the Generalised System of Preferences, following its accession to the World Trade Organisation at the beginning of the year.
In 2016 Laos chaired ASEAN. The Lao authorities are in the midst of introducing a VAT system. Resolutely determined to raise the country's image among overseas buyers, the authorities have created SEZs with substantial fiscal stimulus, but a small labour force base, a small internal economy and bribery continue to hamper investments.
It also has persistent issues with the commercial landscape, such as cumbersome regulatory filing needs, a regulatory and enforcement loophole, and ambiguous or contradictory rules. Burma has embarked on an economical review to attract FDI and reintegrate into the world market since the country's move to civil rule in 2011.
Among the country's recent macroeconomic reform initiatives are the introduction of a manageable floating of the country's capital in 2012, the grant of the central bank's operating autonomy in July 2013, the adoption of a new anti-corruption bill in September 2013 and the licensing of nine non-Burma owned commercial banking institutions in 2014 and four additional non-Burma owned banking institutions in 2016. Council of State AUNG SAN SUU KYI and the National League for Democracy, which took over in March 2016, are trying to change the investmentclimate in Burma after US sanctioning was lifted in October 2016 and the Generalized System of Preferences was reintroduced in November 2016.
Burma adopted a reformed FDI bill in October 2016 that consolidated capital expenditure rules and simplified the licensing proces. Since 2011, intergovernmental reform and the ensuing relaxation of most West German penalties have resulted in an acceleration in growth from less than 6% in 2011 to around 7% in 2013 to 2017. Burma's rich biodiversity and young workforce attract FDI in the areas of power, clothing, information technologies and foods and beverages.
Myanmar continues to be one of the impoverished nations in Asia - around 26% of the 51 million population lives in extreme poverty. 24% of the population lives in shelters. Burma has been abandoned by the insulationist policy and maladministration of former government economies, with bad infrastructures, indigenous bribery, undeveloped personnel and insufficient availability of funds, requiring a great obligation to turn back.
Burma's authorities have been sluggish in tackling obstacles to the country's economy, such as uncertain property laws, a tight trading license system, an obscure system of collecting revenues and an outdated bank system. The AUNG SAN SUU KYI administration focuses on speeding up farm production and soil reform, modernising and opening up the finance industry and expanding transport and power infrastructures.