Thailand-Lao PDR Cooperation on Mineral Resources Development

Suraphong CHIENGTONG
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Abstract

The close relations between Thailand and Lao PDR have long history due to our countries are next to each other. It is 1,810 kilometers in distance that our borders are connected with each other. Thailand and Lao PDR are generally alike not only in ethnic and culture, but all so language which allowing us to, compared to others, easier communicate with each other. Hence, it is no doubt that Thailand is ranked as the first major trading partner of Lao PDR. The trade value has been increasing continuously. In 2014, trading value between the two countries is 5,443 million USD including 4,033 million USD of goods that Thailand exported to Lao PDR and 1,411 million USD of goods that Thailand imported from Lao PDR.