15 Nov 2017
LAOS: Overseas Investors Freed from Minimum Registered Capital Requirement
Overseas investors are no longer required to have a minimum registered capital of Kip 1 billion (US$118,000) when looking to launch a new business in the majority of commercial sectors. While the requirement was specifically dispensed with under the terms of the country’s Investment Law, as enacted in November 2016, the Ministry of Industry and Commerce has only now begun to enforce this provision.
In line with this, the Ministry has now issued a new directive to all of the government agencies across the country specifically stipulating that they comply with this requirement. This will see investors, regardless of their level of registered capital, entitled to launch businesses across a wide range of sectors, including manufacturing and real estate. Investors looking to establish operations covered under the terms of the country’s Controlled Business List, however, will still be required to have the previously-specified level of registered capital, while also being obliged to comply with other relevant criteria.