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Buavanh Vilavong



  • Master of Economics (honours), University of Melbourne (2002)
  • Bachelor of Economics (honours), Chulalongkorn University (1999)

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Buavanh Vilavong is an Australia Awards PhD scholar at the Crawford School of Public Policy. He is a deputy director general of the Department of Import and Export, Ministry of Industry and Commerce (MOIC), based in Vientiane. Previously, he had worked as a trade negotiator for over ten years to support the accession negotiation of Laos to the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

Buavanh Vilavong is an economist, holding a master degree in Economics from the University of Melbourne. He was also the President of the Association of Lao Students in Canberra in 2014.

PhD programme


Supervisor(s) and panel members

Topic title

The Integration of Laos into the International Economy: Global Production Sharing, Landlockedness, and Trade Costs


-Vilavong, B., Phounesavath, S. & Soukhavong, B., ‘How Laos can benefit from the ASEAN-China free trade agreement’, (forthcoming)
-Vilavong, B. 2018, ‘Will costs continue to cage Laos’ regional connectivity?’, East Asia Forum, http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2018/01/13/will-costs-continue-to-cage-laos...
-Vilavong, B. 2016, ‘Can Laos restore growth while global economic uncertainty reigns?’, East Asia Forum, http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/12/24/can-laos-restore-growth-while-gl...
-Vilavong, B. 2016, ‘ASEAN needs Laos’ leadership, East Asia Forum, http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/05/07/asean-needs-laos-leadership/
-Vilavong, B., Rasphone, S. & Vinavong, O. 2016, ‘Production networks and human capital: an analysis of the manufacturing sector in Laos’, in Lao Trade Research Digest, Economic Research Institute, Vientiane.
-Vilavong, B. 2016, ‘Laos in 2015: a pivotal year in moving towards the AEC’, in M Cook & D Singh (eds), Southeast Asian Affairs 2016, ISEAS Publishing, Singapore.
-Vilavong, B. & Hess, S. 2016, ‘What the AEC means for Laos’, East Asia Forum, http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/01/01/what-the-aec-means-for-laos/
-Vilavong, B. 2015, ‘Tapping in: shifting the base of global supply chain with trade facilitation efforts’, Policy Forum, http://www.policyforum.net/tapping-in/ https://asiaandthepacificpolicystudies-crawford-anu-edu-au.virtual.anu.e...
-Pholsena, K. & Vilavong, B. 2015, ‘The 2013 WTO accession of Lao PDR: specific commitments and the integration of least developed countries into the global economy’, in D Dadush & C Osakwe (eds), WTO accessions and trade multilateralism: case studies and lessons for the WTO at twenty, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. https://www.wto.org/english/res_e/publications_e/acc_trade_multi_e.htm
-Vilavong, B. 2015, ‘Business support crucial for Laos to join the AEC and lock in growth’, East Asia Forum, http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2015/01/03/business-support-is-crucial-for-...
-Vilavong, B. 2015, ‘The two faces of ASEAN in global production networks’, Lao PDR Trade Portal, http://www.laotradeportal.gov.la/index.php?r=site/display&id=743
-Vilavong, B. 2014, ‘After joining the WTO, what’s next for Laos?’, East Asia Forum, http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2014/08/09/after-joining-the-wto-whats-next...
-Vilavong, B. 2011, ‘Rules of origin in services: the case of Laos, in Lao Trade Research Digest, vol. II, Economic Research Institute for Trade, Vientiane.
-Douangboupha, L. , Vilavong, B. & Phounesavath, S. 2007, ‘Addressing the impacts of the phasing out of textiles and clothing quotas in Lao PDR’, Assessment of trade and industry policy environment in Lao PDR, National Statistics Centre, Vientiane.
-Douangboupha, L. , Vilavong, B. & Phounesavath, S. 2007, ‘Trade negotiation strategies’, Addressing the impacts of the phasing out of textiles and clothing quotas in Lao PDR, National Statistics Centre, Vientiane.
-Douangboupha, L. , Thiengthepvongsa, T. & Vilavong, B. 2006, ‘Rules of origin in services regional trade agreements: the practices in Laos’, (mimeo).
-Thephavong, B. , Iemsouthi, K. & Vilavong, B. 2005, ‘Laos: the textile and garment industry in the post-ATC era, in Managing the challenges of WTO participation, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. https://www.wto.org/english/res_e/booksp_e/casestudies_e/case22_e.htm
Contributing authors

-Enterprise Development Company 2014, ‘Case study: how Lao Brewery Co. could strategize its government relations ahead of the AEC integration in 2015’.
-Ministry of Industry and Commerce 2012, Diagnostic trade integration study: trade and private sector development roadmap, MOIC, Vientiane.

Scholarships and fellowships

  • Australia Awards and Leadership Fellowships (2014-2017)
  • Australian Development Awards (2001-2002)
  • Lao-Thai Governments Scholarship (1994-1999)

Employment history

-2014-Present: Deputy Director General, Department of Import and Export, MOIC
-2013: Deputy Director General, Foreign Trade Policy Department, MOIC
-2007-2012: Director, Foreign Trade Policy Department, MOIC
-2006: Acting Director, Foreign Trade Policy Department, MOIC
-2000-2005: Staff, Foreign Trade Department, MOIC
-1999: Lao National Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Personal links

Mailing address

Crawford School of Public Policy
Australian National University
J.G. Crawford Building #132
Lennox Crossing, Acton ACT 2601 AUSTRALIA

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