Laos - Country Commercial Guide
Architecture, Construction and Engineering Services

This is a best prospect industry sector for this country.  Includes a market overview and trade data.

Last published date: 2022-07-30


In 2020, the industry (including construction) sector accounted for approximately 32 percent of Laos’ GDP.  Laos has underdeveloped infrastructure, including road networks and public water and electricity systems.  Transportation projects will be in high demand as the country modernizes.  Several large-scale construction projects continue in the capital of Vientiane, including office buildings, shopping malls, and the Laos-China Railway project.  Chinese, Vietnamese, and Thai companies are the most active participants in infrastructure development in Laos.  The Lao government makes use of donor funding, development banks, and other financing methods to pay for infrastructure projects.  Laos is also undergoing development of its airport and aviation system, including the construction of provincial airports as well as recently acquired Japanese funding for the creation of new domestic and international terminals at Wattay International Airport in Vientiane.

Laos seeks to modernize and integrate its electrical grid in the next decade in pursuit of its goal of increasing electricity exports to Thailand and Vietnam, while at the same time providing electricity to 98 percent of total households by 2025.  To do this it will need to invest in modern power distribution and power management equipment and expertise.