Chinese developer company Lao Yijin Group Co, Ltd has been approved by the Lao government to begin construction of a tourism complex in the Vangvieng district. The project, which is currently estimated to cost over US$200 million and aims to be completed within five years, is expected to boost tourism growth in Laos once it begins operations. (Borneo Bulletin – 17 February 2018)


Lao authorities report that construction of the 409 km Laos-China railway was 20.3 per cent complete as of December 2017 after a year of operations. The railway has a total length of over 414 km with over 60 per cent of bridges and tunnels, linking Mohan-Boten border gate in northern Laos and capital Vientiane, and it is the first overseas route connecting with the railway system in China, using Chinese technology, equipment and investment. Construction of the project is scheduled for five years with investment of some 40 billion Chinese yuan (US$5.8 billion), 70 per cent of which comes from Chinese investment and the rest from the Lao side. (The Nation – 7 February 2018)

The Lao Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with China's Xuanye (Lao) Co., Ltd/AVIC International Beijing Co., Ltd on a modern agricultural industrial park project in Laos. The park will serve as a supporting project to the China-Laos railway currently under construction, building a regional centre for agricultural product trading, warehousing and a logistics hub platform. (Xinhua – 26 April 2017)