Following the increasing number of COVID-19 cases, on 29 March the Government of Lao PDR formally announced nation-wide lockdown. Despite the still limited number of COVID-19 cases, the outbreak in the region has impacted trade, construction and tourism and has therefore a significant effect on the economy.
The Government of Lao PDR acted quickly when faced with an influx of Lao returning migrants starting in April 2021. Quarantine centers were set up primarily in Savannakhet and Champasak to ensure that returnees are first screened and quarantined before joining their families throughout the country. More recently, a larger number of migrants has also crossed the Friendship Bridge in Vientiane.
Anny personally felt that a key issue seen among her classmates was starting a family at a very young age. She’s seen some of her juniors and female friends who left the school to be married as young as 15-16 years old. The struggles to make ends meet for those couples were evident to Anny. They relied on their partners who are also young and do not have a stable income. Anny assumes they might think that marrying young is a short cut to an easy life, but she believes that investing time and patience in education will bring a brighter life for all.
With UXO still posing a hindrance to development, Lao PDR is not resting on its laurels, and the CCM’s strategic objectives remain a priority for the next 10 years. A Prime Minister’s decree is being formulated within the government, that will place implementation of the CCM into law. This will ensure that progress towards achieving the CCM’s treaty obligations are regulated throughout the entire government and UXO sector, and will firmly commit all actors to a long-term plan.
Lao PDR has a rich natural environment that provides numerous opportunities to create a circular economy and that can benefit from responsible eco-tourism. Hence, this COP will focus on developing circular business models to support eco-tourism in Lao PDR. We will deep dive into two themes, namely i) Circular construction - hospitality infrastructure and buildings; and ii) Circular procurement - circular business models.
In support of our collective efforts towards understanding the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, UNDP on behalf of the UN Development System (UNDS) in Lao PDR, with guidance from the Ministry of Planning and Investment, undertook a socio-economic impact assessment between April and August 2020.

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