Growth in 2012 benefited from developments in agriculture, construction,
hydropower, mining, and services. GDP increased by 7.9%, slightly above
the average rate over the past 10 years (Figure 3.25.1)...
The industry sector grew by an estimated 14% to remain a major
driver of GDP. Mining production was boosted by the start of the Ban
Houayxai gold and silver mine and the expansion of existing minerals
projects. Copper output from the two largest producers, which together
generate more than 90% of total production, rose by 8% to 149,500 tons,
with gold production climbing by 61% to 206,240 ounces, and silver
production up by 15% to 616,680 ounces.
Hydropower output jumped by 29% to 13.8 billion kilowatt hours.
The country’s biggest hydropower project, Nam Theun Two, raised
production close to full capacity. Ample water in reservoirs enabled
other plants to operate at higher capacity. New hydropower projects
commissioned in 2012 increased national output by more than
650 megawatts. About 70% of all hydropower generated is exported,
mainly to Thailand.
Sources: Lao Statistics Bureau; Asian Development Outlook database. (Lao PDR: At the Crossroads of Change) http://www.adb.org/publications/lao-pdr-crossroads-change?ref=countries/lao-pdr/publications
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