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Mr. Sypaphai Xaisongkham (seated on right), Director General of Department of Technical Extension and Agro-processing, joined Ms. Sophie Walker (seated on left), Chief of Party ACDI/VOCA Laos, to sign the MOU while U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Colin Crosby (standing, fifth from left) and Dr. Bounkhouang Khambounheaung (standing, sixth from left), Vice Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, witnessed the October 4 event in Vientiane.
October 8, 2019

The United States continues to help Lao PDR strengthen the country’s agricultural sector through a broad range of programs.  Most recently, the United States and the Lao government launched the “Laos Microenterprise Project”, which is funded by the United States through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).  On October 4, 2019, the Lao Government through the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with ACDI/VOCA, USAID’s implementing partner for the project. 

Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Welfare Madame Baiykham Kattiya (front row, third from left) and U.S. Ambassador Rena Bitter (front row, fifth from left) joined Community Based Inclusive Development facilitators after conducting an awareness raising and screening activity at Kaengmor Village, Kham District, Xieng Khouang Province on September 25, 2019.
September 27, 2019

Continuing the United States’ proud tradition of partnering with the Government of the Lao PDR to help those with disabilities on September 24-25, 2019, U.S. Ambassador Rena Bitter joined Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Welfare, Madame Baiykham Kattiya in leading a delegation to visit a disabilities inclusion project site in Xieng Khouang Province supported by the United States.

Vice Governor of Savannakhet Province Phoxay Sayasone (third from left) accepted some donated food and water from U.S. Ambassador Rena Bitter (center) on as part of the U.S. support for emergency relief in Southern Laos on September 13, 2019.
September 17, 2019

On September 13, 2019, U.S. Ambassador Rena Bitter announced a Disaster Declaration, and the immediate release of $100,000 in emergency relief in flood-affected areas of southern Laos.  The people of the United States are concerned about the ongoing floods in southern Laos and are proud to support the people of the Lao PDR during this difficult time.  

From center left to right: Room to Read Country Director Norkham Souphanouvong, U.S. Ambassador to the Lao PDR Rena Bitter, Minister of Education and Sports Sengdeuane Lachanthaboune, and Deputy Director General of the External Relations Mr. Phouvanh Vongsouthi officially launched the Learn to Read project.
September 3, 2019

The United States continues its broad support for education and opportunity in Laos.  On August 30 the U.S. Embassy formally launched a new basic education program in Laos with the signing of two memoranda of understanding (MOUs) to officially begin a five-year “Learn to Read” program.  The MOUs between the Lao Ministry of Education and Sports and implementing partners Save the Children and Room to Read mark the beginning of implementation for this important new program that is funded by the United States through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

U.S. Ambassador Rena Bitter and Lao Vice Minister of Health Khamphone Phoutthavong Tried out Bednets during a Handover Ceremony in Vientiane
July 17, 2019

Continuing the United States deep support of the Lao health sector U.S. Ambassador to Lao PDR Rena Bitter presented more than 174,000 additional mosquito nets to Mr. Khamphone Phoutthavong, Deputy Minister of Health, at a ceremony in Vientiane on July 9. These mosquito nets will be distributed to families in rural areas of the southern province of Champasak, where the number of malaria cases remains high.

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Last updated: October 09, 2019

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