The USAID paper presents the results of a recent survey on business perceptions of trade liberalization in Laos-called the Business Perceptions Survey, or BPS. The goal of the BPS was to obtain data on how businesses in Lao PDR are experiencing, perceiving, and adjusting to opportunities and challenges created by international trade, at a point in time two years after the country’s accession to membership in the World Trade Organization. Compared to other recent business surveys, the primary contribution of the BPS stems from its in depth focus on trade. The survey findings can therefore provide an agenda for public-private dialogue on trade issues, and a basis for prioritizing further reforms and donor programs aimed at enhancing the benefits of the Lao economy.
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