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Lao People's Democratic Republic

Laos, officially the Lao People's Democratic Republic, is a landlocked country in Southeast Asia. At the heart of the Indochinese Peninsula, Laos is bordered by Myanmar and China to the northwest, Vietnam to the east, Cambodia to the southeast, and Thailand to the west and southwest.


Our standard dataset contains 451 entities connected with Lao People's Democratic Republic. This may include sanctioned entities, politically-exposed persons (PEPs), and their close associates, or entities involved in criminal activity.

Data sources

We are currently not including any data published by authorities or organizations based in Lao People's Democratic Republic. See our global list of data sources and our criteria for selecting datasets.

Politically-exposed persons (PEPs)

Our database contains 288 entities identified as PEPs connected with Lao People's Democratic Republic.

National government positions

Number of known occupants
Head of state or governmentCurrentEndedStatus unclear
Deputy Prime Minister4--
Prime Minister2--
Vice President4--
National executive branchesCurrentEndedStatus unclear
Minister & Head of Cabinet, President's Office1--
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office1-2
Minister of Agriculture & Forestry1--
Minister of Education & Sports1--
Minister of Energy & Mining1--
Minister of Finance1--
Minister of Foreign Affairs111
Minister of Home Affairs1--
Minister of Industry and Commerce121
Minister of Information, Culture, & Tourism1--
Minister of Justice1--
Minister of Labor & Social Welfare1--
Minister of National Defense1--
Minister of Natural Resources & Environment1--
Minister of Planning & Investment1--
Minister of Public Health1--
Minister of Public Security1--
Minister of Public Works & Transport1--
Minister of Technology & Communication1--
Minister to the Prime Minister's Office & Head, Prime Minister's Office1--
National legislative branchCurrentEndedStatus unclear
Member of the National Assembly-132104
Central banking and financial integrityCurrentEndedStatus unclear
Governor of the Bank of the Lao P.D.R.-11
Diplomatic rolesCurrentEndedStatus unclear
ambassador of France to Laos-61
ambassador of Hungary to Laos-1-
Ambassador to the US1--
Permanent Representative to the UN, New York1--

Subnational government positions

No positions for this category

Other positions

Number of known occupants
PositionCurrentEndedStatus unclear
Deputy Prime Minister of Laos-74
Prime Minister of Laos-51
Vice President of Laos-32
President of Laos-31
President of the National Assembly of Laos-21
Chairman, State Inspection Ctte.1--
Governor, Bank of Laos1--
Minister of Defence of Laos--1

What do these numbers mean?

We keep track both if political positions and the individuals who occupy those positions over time. Of course, a person can hold a position for multiple terms, and multiple people can occupy the same position at the same time (e.g. members of parliament).

If a person previously held a position, and currently holds the same position, they are only counted once and recorded under Current. If it is unclear from the source whether they have left the position, they will be counted under Unclear.

How can status be unclear?

Some of the data sources we rely on indicate both past and present holders of political offices. In those cases, a lack of a precise end date for a person's occupancy of a position can mean that we don't know whether they currently hold the position or not. Read more...