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rice milling, garment factories, sawmilling, garment industry, rock salt

Laos produces few minerals, although mining yields small amounts of tin, gypsum, rock salt, and coal. Exploration has located reserves of coal, iron ore, lead, zinc, silver, and gemstones, as well as small deposits of other minerals. Manufacturing is limited to sawmilling, rice milling, brick making, and production of consumer products such as cigarettes, detergents, matches, plastics, beer, and soft drinks. Foreign investment spurred growth in the garment industry: In the 1990s more than 40 garment factories opened in the Vientiane area. Energy production offers the best prospect for increasing exports. Laos already exports to Thailand most of the 1 billion kilowatt-hours of power that it currently generates, 97 percent of it in the form of hydroelectricity.



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rice milling, garment factories, sawmilling, garment industry, rock salt, gypsum, cigarettes, iron ore, gemstones, Laos, zinc, minerals, soft drinks, detergents, Energy production, brick, beer, silver, plastics, mining, lead

 
 

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