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This report provides an assessment of Lao People's Democratic Republic’s technical and legal readiness for cross-border paperless trade, i.e., the conduct of international trade transactions on the basis of electronic data and documents, and offers recommendations aimed at supporting the advancement of Lao People's Democratic Republic towards further digitalization of its trade-related procedures.

Several meetings were organized for data collection and validation, and a national consultation on facilitating cross-border paperless trade took place on 1 March 2022. At this meeting, preliminary findings from the visits were further reviewed, consolidated and validated. Final findings and recommendations incorporating inputs and suggestions received during and following the consultation are presented in this report. Based on these findings and recommendations, an initial action plan towards cross-border paperless trade for Lao People's Democratic Republic has been prepared and presented in this report.

The complete set of Cross-Border Paperless Trade Readiness Assessment reports can be accessed here.

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