Major construction projects under way last year included the
$3.7 billion Hongsa lignite thermal power project, seven new hydropower
projects, and expanded facilities in the capital, Vientiane, to han...
major international meeting and the Association of Southeast Asian
Nations (ASEAN) University Games toward the end of 2012. Cement
production rose by an estimated 42.4% in 2012, reflecting buoyant
construction. However, the garment industry suffered from weaker
external demand and shortages of skilled labor. Garment exports fell by
25% to $173 million (Figure 3.25.2).
Using imports data from US OTEXA and Eurostat.
Data from Eurostat were converted to US dollars using €/$ average exchange rate for the year.
Sources: Office of Textiles and Apparel. http://otexa.ita.doc.gov; Eurostat http://epp.eurostat.ec.europa.eu (both
accessed 14 March 2013)
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