The concept of farm-to-fork can be complicated when it comes to meat. Fresh meat could be from the farm next door—or it could be from 10, 000 kilometers away, having just arrived on a flight from…

Miles McKenna |

[[tweetable]]Economic growth and global economic integration go hand-in-hand for Lao PDR.[[/tweetable]]  As a small, land-locked, and commodity-dependent country in a fast-expanding region, Lao…

Jose Daniel Reyes, Sohaib Shahid |

Intra-regional trade constitutes less than 5 percent of total trade in South Asia, according to World Bank analysis. Economic cooperation remains low, despite the Agreement on a South Asian Free…

Siddhesh Kaushik |

For older generations of Lao citizens, the streets of Vientiane must be nothing short of unrecognizable. Over the past fifteen years, Lao PDR and its capital have enjoyed strong economic growth on…

Amir Fouad, Richard Record, Lars Sondergaard |

At the Ninth WTO Ministerial Conference held in Bali on December 2013, all WTO members reached an agreement on trade facilitation and a compromise on food security issues, a contentious topic…

Bill Gain, Ankur Huria, Kaori Niina |

Corruption continues to plague customs administrations around the world regardless of their level of development and despite intense public attention. Recent high profile cases in many first world…

Gerard McLinden, Miles McKenna |

Here at the World Bank we put great effort into facilitating South-South exchanges. But the truth is that developing tangible results and sustainable partnerships are still tremendous challenges.…

Richard Record, Miles McKenna |

Part of the World Bank’s new vision is to step up its efforts to help fragile and conflict-afflicted states break the vicious cycle of poverty. But this is no easy task.   The destruction of…

Massimiliano Calì |

The World Bank has been working with the government of Lao PDR to better integrate the country into the regional and global economy since 2006. As the only landlocked country in Southeast Asia,…

Miles McKenna |

The clearance of imports and exports by customs and other agencies are among the most problematic links in global supply chains. They are frequently blamed for undermining the capacity of…

Gerard McLinden |