With over 72 million people in one of the world’s fastest growing economic regions, the Mekong Region is facing unprecedented challenges to ensure sustainable, healthy transboundary rivers and more equitable development.
Workers in Lao PDR’s coffee and tea sectors are set to benefit from better access to social protection and improved occupational safety and health following the launch of a new International Labour Organization (ILO) initiative funded by the European Union (EU).
The impact of the pandemic in Lao PDR is predominantly socio-economic. In recent decades, Laos has made remarkable achievements in reducing poverty. Halving the poverty rate from 40% in 1993 to 18.3% in 2019.