At the jetty in Muang Ngoy, a village that can only be reached by boat across the Nam Ou River, the empty beer supplies are waiting to be replenished.
The Lao Brewery Company Ltd. operates the only brewery of significance in Laos. Favoured by high import duties, Beerlao has a market share of 98 to 99 percent in Laos. | Laos
A real monopoly.
But it is still a way to create jobs in the country. Monopolies, as long as they are not unfair in monetary terms, pose no major problems. The problem is when the monopoly practices the prices it wants, because there is no competition that forces it to lower prices.