In 2022, Laos seems to have bid farewell to the COVID-19 pandemic, with restrictions easing and consumers returning to their pre pandemic routines. However, the country and economy faces a new set of challenges due to the international fuel hikes and inflation.
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic coming to an end and normality returning, in May 2022, the inflation rates in Laos reached its highest in 18 years, with prices rising by 12.8%, compared to 2021.
There are generally three main meals in a single day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. For breakfast, baguette sandwiches are popular, with khao jie pate sandwiches being filled with salad and pork pate.
In 2022, the ongoing global fuel shortages and price hikes are putting pressure on most household incomes in Laos. As a result, many consumers are having to economise and cut out any unnecessary expenditure.
In July 2022, the government reopened the land and air borders in line with other COVID-19.related restrictions easing.
Staple foods is unlikely to register a dynamic and robust performance over the forecast period, with the majority of consumers living in most parts of the country likely to continue relying on unpackaged staples, notably rice, noodles and bread, as well as fresh food to meet most of their daily nutrition needs.
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