Laos is a landlocked country, bordered by Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar and China, that is home to 7 million people.
Standards of living have improved in recent years, but significant development challenges remain. The benefits of economic growth are not reaching segments of the population isolated by geography, gender or ethnicity.
Australia has a long history of successful development cooperation with Laos. In 2017, the two countries will celebrate 65 years of unbroken diplomatic relations. Australia’s aid to Laos contributes to sustainable development by addressing disadvantage and creating opportunities for diversified trade and private sector growth.