Boosting Growth and Transformation in Laos’ Industry
Two thirds of Laos’ manufacturing industry has experienced growth and transformation over the last half decade. There are noteworthy differences between small and large companies: whilst both grew quickly, larger ones have achieved more rapid change in products, technology and organisation. However, a dimension of growth and transformation where large companies in Laos are lagging behind is labour productivity.
- Supporting knowledge transfer could reduce the differences between leader and laggard companies.
- Further assessing the slow rates of transformation in small companies as well as the overall decline in productivity is worthwhile because both entail risks and foregone opportunities.
- Given that not all Vocational Skills Development (VSD) programmes contribute to meeting skills needs, greater input from employers, in both design and implementation of such programmes, are needed.
Markus Maurer, Zurich University of Teacher Education, Switzerland
Bounseng Khammounty, National University of Laos, Lao PDR
Michael Morlok, B, S, S, Volkswirtschaftliche Beratung, Switzerland
Hannes Teutoburg-Weiss, Zurich University of Teacher Education, Switzerland
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