Special Economic Zone (SEZ)


Special Economic Zones (SEZs) development is one of economic improvement approaches which has been prioritized by the government of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR) since the beginning of economic liberalization. In 2003, the first SEZ namely Savan-Seno SEZ was established, followed by Boten Beautiful Land SEZ and other SEZs.

SEZs are expected to be one of the leading driving forces of economic development and modernization in the country. Not only it provides enabling business environment to host FDI and local private investment but will also spur cross-border cooperation with neighboring countries through offering complementary services and stimulating the creation of regional value chains.

Up to date, 12 SEZs have been developed throughout the country. Special Economic Zone Promotion and Management Office (SEZO) , Ministry of Planning and Investment (www.Laosez.gov.la) is tasked with overall supervision of SEZs, while provincial SEZ management authority (SEZA) in each province, where SEZ is located, is responsible for approving and facilitating business operation in each SEZ.


SEZs in Northern Part of Lao PDR
SEZs in Vientiane Capital
SEZs in Central Part of Lao PDR
SEZ in Southern Part of Lao PDR
  • Boten Beautiful Land SEZ
  • Golden Triangle SEZ
  • Luangprabang SEZ
  • Saysettha Development Zone
  • Long-Thanh Vientiane SEZ
  • That Luang Lake SEZ
  • Dongphosy SEZ
  • Vientiane Capital Industrial and Trade Area (Under Ministry of Industry and Commerce)
  • Thakhaek SEZ
  • Phoukhyo SEZ
  • Savan-Seno SEZ (Site A, B+B1, C, D and Dansavanh Border Trade Zone)
  • Champasak SEZ (4 sub-zones):
  1. Wangtao-Phonthong Economic Development Zone
  2. Champasak Lao-Service Industrial Park
  3. Mahanathi Sithandone SEZ
  4. Pakse-Japan SME SEZ

Savan-Seno Special Economic Zone

Boten Beautiful Land Specific Economic Zone

Golden Triangle Special Economic Zone

Vientiane Industrial and Trade Area

Saysetha Development Zone

Phoukhyo Specific Economic Zone

Thatluang Lake Specific Economic Zone

Longthanh – Vientiane Specific Economic Zone

Dongphosy Specific Economic Zone

Thakhek Specific Economic Zone

Pakse – Japan SME Special Economic Zone

Luangprabang Special Economic Zone