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Friday, March 13, 2020 - 3:30am

VIENTIANE, LAO PDR — 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.
Monday, February 10, 2020 - 4:15am

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.
Monday, January 27, 2020 - 9:15am

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.
Monday, January 20, 2020 - 10:45pm

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.
Wednesday, January 15, 2020 - 9:30pm

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).

U.S. Ambassador to Laos Rena Bitter (center left) and Mrs. Khemmani Pholsena (center right), Minister of Industry and Commerce joined officials and representatives from the private sector to launch the USAID-funded Laos Business Environment Project.
Monday, December 16, 2019 - 10:30pm

Minister of Industry and Commerce Mme. Khemmani Pholsena and U.S. Ambassador to Laos Rena Bitter launched the new Laos Business Environment project at a ceremony in Vientiane on December 12.  The five-year project, funded by the United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is the latest partnership between the United States and Laos aimed at supporting private sector competitiveness and facilitating trade.

Dr. Phouthone Muoangpak (center left), Vice Minister of Health, receives 100,000 rapid diagnostic test kits from U.S. Ambassador to Laos Rena Bitter (center right) at a handover ceremony in Vientiane on December 6.
Tuesday, December 10, 2019 - 10:45pm

Continuing the United States’ leading support to the Lao PDR in its mission to eliminate malaria by 2030, U.S. Ambassador to Laos Rena Bitter presented 100,000 rapid diagnostic test (RDT) kits to Dr. Phouthone Muoangpak, Vice Minister of Health, at a handover ceremony in Vientiane on December 6.  These test kits, provided by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) through the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), will be distributed to health facilities throughout the country, especially in areas with high malaria transmission. 

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.
Tuesday, October 8, 2019 - 11:00pm

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.
Friday, September 27, 2019 - 2:45am

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.
Tuesday, September 17, 2019 - 3:00am

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.  

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Last updated: June 20, 2019

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