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  • Training workshop on Understanding Principles and Utilisation of Multilateral and Regional Trading Agreement in Thakhek District - 1 – 2 April 2021

    After a successful training in Vangvieng in March, the International Trade Centre and the Economic Research Institute for Industry and Trade (ERIIT) of the Ministry of Industry and Commerce (MoIC) continued to organise another training on " Multilateral and Regional Trading Agreements" for provincial officers in Khammouane Province, from 1-2 April 2021.
    Trainers conducting the training are experts from ERIIT. The training was designed to raise awareness about the benefits of Lao PDR's multilateral and regional trade arrangements. Find more information here.

    Workshop on Building Sustainable Sourcing and New Markets for Wood Products – 31 March -1 April 2021

    The workshop aimed to increase the capacity of the Lao wood-processing companies and to upgrade their processing capacity in order to leverage the growing market opportunities whilst meeting sustainable sourcing. Stakeholders from the wood-processing sector learnt about identifying products for EU market development potential, meeting market requirements, and marketing strategies for wood products.
    The two-day workshop took place from 31 March – 1 April 2021 under the ASEAN Regional Integration Support – Lao PDR (ARISE Plus Lao PDR) project funded by the European Union. It was jointly organised by the Department of Trade Promotion (DTP), the Department of Forestry (DoF), the National University of Laos (NUOL) and the International Trade Centre. Click here to read the press release.

    Training workshop on Multilateral and Regional Trading Agreement in Vangvieng District - 25 - 26 March 2021

    This particular training was part of the 3rd phase of the training programme on “Understanding Principles and Utilisation of Multilateral and Regional Trading Agreements”, a collaboration between the International Trade Centre and the the Economic Research Institute for Industry and Trade (ERIIT).The 3rd phase included two capacity-building workshops for provincial officers. The first regional two-day training took place from Thursday 25 to Friday 26 March 2021 in Vangvieng District.
    The main focus of this training were a description of the context for Lao PDR's international trade, Lao PDR's multilateral commitments; regional commitments within the ASEAN region under the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC); Lao PDR's linkages through external commercial relations of the ASEAN; and potential to expand Lao PDR's trade through its preferential market access.
    ITC jointly organised the workshop through the European Union Funded - ARISE Plus Lao PDR project and the Economic Research Institute for Trade and Industry (ERIIT) of the Ministry of Industry and Commerce (MoIC). Find out more about this workshop here.

    The Quality Champion Programme. Workshop 5: The Quality Journey Continues – Initiating an Improvement Project Part II & Specialty Coffee Quality – 22 - 26 March 2021

    In the 5th workshop of the Quality Champions (QC), participants learned and further investigated the root cause analysis with Fishbone Diagram. They joined the interactive discussion with representatives from the Lao Coffee Association on "Opportunities and Challenges in the export of Lao coffee". Significantly, they undertook a field trip to the Lao Furniture Industry Group to observe and learn from quality excellence examples.
    This workshop is within a series of workshops highlighted in the Quality Champion Programme. It was organised in close collaboration with the Ministry of Industry and Commerce (MoIC), the Lao National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LNCCI) and the International Trade Centre (ITC) in the context of EU funded project (ARISE Plus Lao PDR). It took place from 22-26 March 2021 at the Lao National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LNCCI) meeting room, Vientiane Capital. Find more information here.

    The Quality Champion Programme. Workshop 4: The Quality Journey Continues – Initiating an Improvement Project - 22-26 February 2021

    This one-week-long workshop was a series of workshop in the Quality Champion Programme. It aimed to equip participants with essential skills regarding standardisation and conformity assessment. In this workshop, participants learned how to use up-to-date tools such as SIPOC program, initiating a Lean Six Sigma, DMAIC and many more. These sessions were delivered by quality management experts from the International Trade Centre (ITC).
    The workshop was organised in close collaboration with the Ministry of Industry and Commerce (MoIC), Lao National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LNCCI) and the International Trade Centre (ITC) in the context of EU funded project (ARISE Plus Lao PDR). It took place from February 22-26, 2021 at the Lao National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LNCCI) meeting room, Vientiane Capital. Find more information here.

    The Foreign Trade Negotiation Roadmap Validation Workshop - 23 February 2021

    On February 23, 2021 the Department of Foreign Trade Policy (DFTP), Ministry of Industry and Commerce co-organised a Workshop on Lao PDR's Trade Negotiations for Export Success and Mapping the Way Forward International Trade Centre (ITC). This half-day workshop presented key findings of the Roadmap while allowing partners and relevant stakeholders from public, private and academic sectors to provide feedback and validate the recommendations.
    The Roadmap was developed based on an analysis of the current and future major export markets for the Lao PDR depending on geography and product quality; realisation of the existing barriers and finding appropriate solutions; the increase access to targeted export markets; reviewing various Foreign Trade Agreements (FTAs); the identification of trading partners with a third country; and an analysis of local institutions for FTAs negotiations and implementation.

    Workshop on Strengthening Competitiveness and Climate Resilience of Coffee Companies in the Lao PDR - 10 February 2021

    This year, the Lao Coffee Festival allowed coffee consumers and exporters including Small and Medium Enterprises in the Lao coffee sector to learn about accessing to the new markets while being climate-change resilient. The International Trade Centre (ITC) through ARISE Plus Lao PDR project, Department of Trade Promotion and the Lao Coffee Association (LCA) jointly organised a workshop on Strengthening Competitiveness and Climate Resilience of Coffee Companies in Lao PDR. Happened on 10 February 2021, this workshop aimed to raise awareness and introduce training modules based on:
    1. Organic and climate smart farm practices.
    2. Building market linkages and access.
    3. Compliance with sustainability standards.

    Session on Lao Coffee Export Roadmap, Findings from the Rapid Assessment on COVID-19 Impact and Proposed Action Plan for the Lao Coffee Association - 9 February 2021

    This year, the Lao Coffee Festival successfully adapted to the 'new normal' offering 'hybrid' sessions (in person and remote attendance) to participants to promote Lao coffee worldwide. In the context of the European Union funded, ARISE Plus Lao PDR, the Department of Trade Promotion under the Ministry of Industry and Commerce (MoIC), the Lao Coffee Association and the Agence Française de Développement (AFD) co-organised the workshop, which took place on 9 February 2021.
    The main focus of this workshop included discussing of key findings in the Lao Coffee Export Roadmap; the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the Lao coffee sector and proposing an action plan to improve the Lao Coffee Association. The discussion was led by H.E Khemmani Pholsena, Minister of MoIC, H.E Phet Phomphipak, Minister of MoFA and H.E. Dr. Vilayvong Bouddakham, Governor of Champassak Province. Please find event's press release here.

    Training on Market Analysis, Export Potential Analysis and Trade Policy Modelling - 8-12 February 2021

    The training kicked off from 8-12 February 2021 at the Ministry of Industry and Commerce, Vientiane, Lao PDR. This five-day interactive training aimed to equip participants from relevant ministries, academic and research institutions in Lao PDR with innovative instruments to identify better and leverage trade opportunities. Mainly on how to navigate ITC market analysis tools with a particular focus on Export Potential Map. Find out more here.

    Understanding principles and utilization of multilateral and regional trading arrangements – 25 January-2 February 2021

    This targeted training programme on the ‘Principles and utilization of multilateral trading agreements, covering WTO, ASEAN agreements, and other trade preference arrangements’. The objective of this training programme was to provide an in-depth training for identified stakeholders from the public, private and academic sectors; and build up skills of trainers from ERIIT and DFTP to develop and conduct tailor-made trainings for other stakeholders of the public and private sector, on a central and provincial level.

    Quality Champions - WORKSHOP 3 “The Quality Journey continues – Understanding quality requirements and how to respond Part 2" – 25-29 January 2021

    This third workshop focused on quality tools and concepts at enterprise level. Specifically topics such and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), process mapping and process monitoring as well as daily housekeeping were covered in addition to EU requirements for imports of organic products and related upcoming changes in regulations. 23 Quality Champions aspirants participated in the workshop. The exchanges of practical experiences between participants coming from different working environments and background, and also with trainers, was praised.

    Participation in Programme Executive Committee meeting – 25 January 2021

    The ARISE Plus project participated in the Programme Executive Committee (PEC) on 25 January 2021. Chaired by H.E. Mrs. Khemmani Pholsena, Minister of Industry and Commerce, the meeting discussed implementation progress for 2020 and work plans for 2021 for various trade-related technical assistance projects. Several points were raised in order to better tailor the workplan 2021. As a result of the meeting, the workplan for 2021 was officially approved by H.E. Mrs. Khemmani Pholsena.

    Third Project Review Committee meeting – 10 December 2020

    The third Project Review Committee (PRC) meeting was held in Vientiane on 10 December 2020. The Committee discussed the results achieved during the reporting period July - December 2020, and expected work plan for the 2021. See for full details here.

    Quality Champions – WORKSHOP 2 “The Quality Journey continues – Understanding quality requirements and how to respond Part 1” – 9-13 November 2020

    This second workshop covered topics such as conformity assessment & accreditation explained, TRACES, Codex Alimentarius, Good Manufacturing Practices and Geographical Indicators. It also included quality related experience sharing and tips by guest speakers. 22 Quality Champions aspirants participated in the workshop. The knowledge and experience sharing from Lao PDR and overseas was appreciated by participants, as well as the expertise of the trainers.

    Quality Champions - WORKSHOP 1 "The Quality Journey Begins - The International and National Scene" – 19 - 23 October 2020

    The first workshop of the Quality Champions Programme took place in Vientiane. Organized by ITC, in cooperation with the Lao National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LNCCI), the workshop wasthe first of a series that builds the capacities of a team of public and private sectors officials, the Quality Champions. In the next 12 to 15 months, the Quality Champions will receive training and certification to serve Lao business as part-time trainers, coaches and advisers through national institutions. This first workshop tackled topics such as international quality requirements, sanitary and phytosanitary measures and standards. LNCCI hosted the training, with trainers connecting via Zoom. The workshop was launched on Monday 19 October which included personalities such as Ms. Ina Marčiulionytė, Ambassador, EU Delegation to Lao PDR; Mr. Phouvieng Phongsa, Director General, Department of Planning and Cooperation, Ministry of Industry and Commerce; Mr. Thanongsinh Kanlagna, Vice President, LNCCI; and Mr. Ashish Shah, Director, Division of Country Programmes, ITC.

    Second Project Review Committee meeting – 16 July 2020

    The second Project Review Committee (PRC) meeting was held in Vientiane on 16 July 2020. The Committee discussed the results achieved during the reporting period January – June 2020, and expected work plan for the period July – December 2020.

    Introductory workshop on ATIGA – 15 July 2020

    25 participants attended this workshop, which purpose was to introduce the ATIGA and the related EC Blueprint 2025 commitments. The relevance for Lao PDR, the lessons from the region and the way forward were discussed. Participants reported an enhanced understanding of the ATIGA and the Blueprint, and mentioned that they will be able to apply this knowledge to their work.

    Second Coffee Sector Export Roadmap stakeholder consultation – 2 July 2020

    Held in Pakse, stakeholders reviewed, revised and validated the draft Plan of Action. Co-chaired by MOIC (DTP), MOAF (DOA), and the EU Delegation, the event included 30 representatives of the private sector, the government and development partners. In group discussions the participants prioritized activities recommended in the draft, identified potential implementing partners, and noted existing initiatives for implementing recommended activities.
    Another review meeting with government representatives and development partners followed on 3 July to share the final version of the draft Plan with key stakeholders for review and finalization.

    Sectoral COVID-19 impact assessment in coffee and wood processing

    ITC launched an assessment of the “new normal” targeted to small businesses in the coffee and wood-processing sectors to get relevant updates for the sector export roadmaps.

    Second multi-stakeholder consultation on coffee sector in Vientiane – June 2020

    Representatives from government, business and sector associations, as well as development partners, met in June – in Vientiane and remotely – to finalize the export roadmap for the coffee sector.

    Launch of the Quality Champions Application for wood processing and specialty agriculture – June 2020

    A pool of Quality Champions will be trained to serve the Lao business community as part-time trainers, coaches and advisers on a long-term basis. Applications to join this pool (approx. 4 days/per month over 1 year, free of charge) were open between 2 and 22 June 2020.

    Online consultation on the coffee sector – 19 May 2020

    On 19 May 2020, ITC conducted an online consultation for the coffee sector. This meeting served as a basis for the draft Plan of Action shared with stakeholders before the second review meeting.

    ITC Business Impact Survey available in Lao

    In April 2020, ITC launched a worldwide survey to assess the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic on global businesses. This business impact survey is also available in Lao language: https://itcsurvey.itc-cci.net/fs.aspx?surveyid=ea3235602d24ef7b0fc78b17607c398

    Second multi-stakeholder consultation on wood processing sector – 24-28 February 2020

    From 24 to 28 February 2020, ITC conducted the second public and private stakeholders’ consultation for the wood-processing sector in Vientiane, held bilateral meetings with public and private sector stakeholders and development partners and visited production and processing sites in Khammouane province. ITC assessed existing supply chains and gained knowledge on key issues, such as quality procedures, technical skills and capacity levels, and access to market.

    Kick-off mission on assessing conformity – 20-27 January 2020

    Between 20 and 27 January 2020, ITC evaluated the conformity assessment system in the Lao People's Democratic Republic Quality and its sanitary and phytosanitary infrastructure. Drawing upon the bilateral meetings, which the consultant had with 15 public and seven private institutions, ITC drafted a plan of action.

    First Project Review Committee meeting – 24 January 2020

    On 24 January 2020, the first Project Review Committee meeting was held in Vientiane. The members endorsed main results achieved during the inception phase as well as the work plan 2020.

    Stakeholder workshop ‘Towards a New Foreign Trade Negotiation Roadmap’ – 23 January 2020

    On 23 January 2020, the Foreign Trade Policy Department of the Ministry of Industry and Commerce, the Lao National Chamber of Commerce and Industry and ITC organized a joint consultative workshop in Vientiane, with the support of the Delegation of the European Union. The workshop discussed initial research and perspectives for the trade negotiation roadmap with a broad range of stakeholders representing both public and private sector interests, and thus further inform the design of the Roadmap.
    Fifty-one participants, including 25 private sector and academia stakeholders, attended the workshop.

    First multi-stakeholder consultation on coffee – January 2020

    Between 18 and 24 January 2020, ITC conducted the first multi-stakeholder consultation on the coffee sector in Vientiane.
    Coffee sector stakeholders in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic gathered to agree on a way forward through the new five-year coffee-sector export roadmap. Discussions among public and private sector representatives and development partners at the consultation covered challenges and opportunities along the value chain and in international markets.
    The Ministry of Industry and Commerce’s Department of Trade Promotion, in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, and with the support of ITC, led consultative work on the roadmap. Prior to the consultation, representatives from ITC and coffee experts visited farms and processing facilities and met with public and private- sector stakeholders in the Bolaven Plateau, which produces most of the country’s coffee.

    First multi-stakeholder consultation on wood processing – December 2019

    From 16 to 21 December 2019, representatives from government, business and sector associations, as well as development partners, gathered in Vientiane to explore opportunities and challenges in the wood-processing sector – including the manufacture of wood furniture, sheets and laminated wood, and other products. The agenda covered designing a market-oriented roadmap to enable the country to expand its processed wood exports to other countries in the region and beyond in the coming five years.
    Using a consultative approach, the Ministry of Industry and Commerce’s Department of Industry and Handicrafts is leading work on the roadmap in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and with the support of ITC.

    Foreign Trade Negotiation Roadmap consultations – December 2019

    From 3 to 10 December 2019, ITC conducted bilateral consultations with public and private-sector stakeholders in Vientiane to capture their views on issues relevant for developing the country’s Foreign Trade Negotiation Roadmap.

    Workshop on Trade Data Processing and Statistical Analysis using R – 26-29 November 2019

    From 26 to 29 November 2019, ITC delivered a training seminar to the Customs Office, the Lao Statistics Bureau and other institutions on trade data processing and statistical analysis using R.
    This workshop is part of a set of three workshops: one on trade data quality and trade indicators, one on database management and trade data querying, and one on trade data processing. This workshop was the first of this set.

    ARISE Plus Lao People's Democratic Republic project launched – 9 September 2019

    On 9 September 2019, Arise+ Lao People's Democratic Republic was officially launched in conjunction with the official visits of Neven Mimica, the European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, and former ITC Executive Director Arancha González. The event was hosted by H.E. Mr. Somchith Inthamith, Deputy Minister of Commerce and Industry, and H.E. Dr. Kikeo Chanthaboury, Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment.

    Preparatory mission – August 2019

    Between 26 and 29 August 2019, ITC visited Vientiane to validate the project implementation arrangements and to start technical assistance activities. Two sector consultations – on processed wood and specialty agriculture – were organized on 28 August 2019. Meetings with relevant stakeholders confirmed the work plan for foreign trade-related activities.

     

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    Ms. Emilie Dairon

    Programme Officer

    Office for Asia and the Pacific

    Telephone: +41 22 730 06 14

    E-mail:  edairon@intracen.org

    Street address: ITC, 54-56, rue de Montbrillant,1202 Geneva, Switzerland Postal address: ITC, Palais des Nations, 1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland

     

    Ms. Anne-Katrin Pfister

    Senior Programme Coordinator

    Office for Asia and the Pacific

    E-mail: apfister@intracen.org

    Lao PDR Postal address: National Implementation Unit, Ministry of Industry and Commerce, Vientiane, Lao PDR

     

    Ms. Marie-Claude Frauenrath

    Country Manager

    Office for Asia and the Pacific

    Telephone: +41 22 730 02 95

    E-mail: frauenrath@intracen.org

    Street address: ITC, 54-56, rue de Montbrillant,1202 Geneva, Switzerland Postal address: ITC, Palais des Nations, 1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland