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U.S. Ambassador Dr. Peter M. Haymond announced additional funding of nearly $2 million from the United States in support of the Lao PDR in response to the global spread of the novel coronavirus disease COVID-19
March 13, 2020

U.S. Ambassador Dr. Peter M. Haymond announced additional funding of nearly $2 million from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in support of the Lao PDR in response to the global spread of the novel coronavirus disease COVID-19.  Ambassador Haymond made the announcement as part of his opening remarks for a U.S.-sponsored tabletop exercise to help Lao officials and public health workers prepare for next steps in responding to the worldwide pandemic.  Dr. Rattanaxay Phetsouvanh, Director General of Department of Communicable Diseases Control (DCDC), representatives of twelve Lao ministries, as well as leaders of United Nations organizations in Laos, joined the tabletop exercise on March 13, sponsored by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (USCDC) and the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), in close partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO).  

Vice Minister of Health Dr. Phouthone Muoangpak (left) received personal protective equipment from U.S. Ambassador to Lao PDR Dr. Peter M. Haymond (right) at a ceremony in Vientiane today as part of the United States’ early assistance to Lao PDR to prepare for any potential spread of the novel coronavirus.
February 10, 2020

U.S. Ambassador to Lao PDR, Dr. Peter M. Haymond handed over personal protective equipment to Dr. Phouthone Muoangpak, Vice Minister of Health, at a ceremony in Vientiane today as part of the United States’ early assistance to Lao PDR to prepare for any potential spread of the novel coronavirus. 

From center left to right: U.S. Ambassador Rena Bitter and Minister of Justice Mr. Xaysi Santivong witnessed the MOU signing between Mr. Todd Wassel, Country Representative for The Asia Foundation in the Lao PDR and Mr. Ketsana Phommachanh, Director General of International Cooperation, Ministry of Justice.
January 27, 2020

Continuing U.S. support to the government of the Lao PDR in its mission to strengthen the country’s rule of law, the United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), launched the new three-year Legal Aid Support project at a ceremony in Vientiane on January 24. Minister of Justice Xaysi Santivong and U.S. Ambassador to the Lao PDR Rena Bitter witnessed the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that marks the beginning of the $3.67 million program, which is funded by USAID and the McConnell Foundation, a U.S.-based organization, and implemented by The Asia Foundation and the Ministry of Justice.

From center left to right: Assistant Administrator for USAID’s Bureau for Legislative and Public Affairs Richard Parker and Deputy Chief of Mission Colin Crosby Joined Officials at Xieng Khouang Provincial Governors Office.
January 20, 2020

During a three-day visit to Laos from January 12-15, a senior official from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) reinforced the United States government’s support to the Lao PDR as the two countries collaborate to achieve Laos’ development goals.

From center left to right: Mr. Vilayphong Sysomvang, Acting Director General of the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare’s Social Welfare Department, Mdm. Baykham Khattiya, Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Welfare, U.S. Ambassador to the Lao PDR Rena Bitter, and Dr. Xoukiet Panyanouvong, Chief of Party of the Laos CTIP program officially launched the Laos CTIP project.
January 15, 2020

Continuing the United States’ support to the Lao PDR in its mission to end human trafficking, the U.S. Government and Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare formally launched the three-year Laos Counter Trafficking in Persons (CTIP) program at a ceremony in Vientiane on January 13. Mdm. Baykham Khattiya, Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Welfare and U.S. Ambassador Rena Bitter presided over the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that marks the start of the $2.3 million program, which is funded through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

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