Challenges and Implementation of Financial Institutions Development Policy in Laos on 2016-2020

  •  Maliny Sourigna    
  •  Shuzhen Zhu    
  •  Syed Ali    


This study focuses on the financial system development policy in 5 years of the Lao PDR which referring to "Lao strategic financial system development plan 2016-2025 and vision to 2030". The main policies include the upgrading and implementation of the supervision system, innovation in financial infrastructures with effective risk management, develop and stabilize banking system and non-banking financial institutions. Increasing number of the listed company and financial products creates diversification in the capital market. From the synthesizer environment and current situation of financial development in the country, the policy implementation challenges are analyzed from empirical environment of financial system in the country. Additionally, other challenges on supervision tools, under capitalization, less product types, small size of capital market, and risk management challenge which came from unconnected information system and uncompleted of related institutions are also discussed. Moreover, effective policy to address the challenges and the missing points for further policies are also discussed.

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