The key challenge of the Lao
People's Democratic Republic (Lao PDR) is to make full
use of both physical and human assets to accelerate growth
and improve the living standards of the population. To
achieve the country's development goals, laid out in
the sixth National Socioeconomic Development Plan (NSEDP)
and the National Growth and Poverty Eradication Strategy
(NGPES), improvements in public financial management and
public expenditure policy aimed at increased efficiency,
equity, and accountability - will be critical. This report
assesses the current situation and provides a way forward.
The report looks at public expenditure in the agriculture,
roads, education, health, and environment sectors.