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.
Supervisor(s) and panel members
-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
-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)
-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
Crawford School of Public Policy
Australian National University
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