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Tuesday, October 8, 2019 - 11:00pm

VIENTIANE, LAOS – 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. 

Mr. Sypaphai Xaisongkham, Director General of Department of Technical Extension and Agro-processing, joined Ms. Sophie Walker, Chief of Party ACDI/VOCA Laos, to sign the MOU while U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Colin Crosby and Dr. Bounkhouang Khambounheaung, Vice Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, witnessed the event. 

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.  

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.
Tuesday, September 3, 2019 - 3:15am

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
Wednesday, July 17, 2019 (All day)

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.

Ambassador Bitter and Lao government officials joined a ceremony to formally launch #USAIDOkard
Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 11:45pm

The United States continues to play a leading role in helping to improve the well-being of people with disabilities in Laos. On May 16, 2019 in Vientiane, the Lao PDR and World Education Laos signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to expand programs, which will increase the self-reliance of people with disabilities through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Okard program, a five-year initiative funded by the U.S. Government and implemented by World Education. 

U.S. Ambassador Rena Bitter (top row, center) joins Minister of Industry and Commerce Khemmani Pholsena and 40 other representatives from the Lao government, the U.S. Embassy, and the private sector during the closing ceremony of the USAID LUNA II project in Vientiane.
Monday, March 25, 2019 - 9:30pm

On March 22, 2019, officials from the Governments of Laos and the United States celebrated the successful completion of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) LUNA II project at a ceremony at the Lao Plaza Hotel in Vientiane. The event, co-chaired by Minister of Industry and Commerce Khemmani Pholsena, and U.S. Ambassador Rena Bitter, highlighted USAID LUNA II’s achievements over the project’s five years of implementation. More than 40 representatives from the Lao government, U.S. Embassy, and private sector attended the celebration.

Deputy Country Office Director of USAID Mr. Patrick Bowers and Vice Minister of Industry and Commerce H.E Somchit Inthamith cut a ribbon to launch the new consumer protection website developed with support from the United States government.
Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 10:30pm

On February 26, 2019, the Ministry of Industry and Commerce (MOIC) officially launched a new consumer protection website developed with support from the United States government. The website, made possible with funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), will help protect consumers from unfair business practices.

Lao Government Delegation Visits Vietnam Nutrition Experts ahead of National Institute of Nutrition Launch
Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 10:15pm

From February 18 to 22, 2019, senior Lao government officials visited Vietnam’s National Institute of Nutrition (NIN), a center of excellence for nutrition in the region. Their visit occurred in advance of the highly anticipated launch of the new National Institute of Nutrition in Laos, and was made possible with support from the U.S. government.

Director General, Department of Intellectual Property, Ministry of Science and Technology PhD. Khanlasy Keobounphanh (From fourth left), Mr. Daniel Fitzpatrick, Chief of Party, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) LUNAII project and 70 representatives from government and the private sector take part in the ceremony to launch an intellectual property web portal in Vientiane.
Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 3:15am

On February 20, 2019 the United States and Lao governments officially launched an intellectual property web portal at the Ministry of Science and Technology in Vientiane.

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Last updated: June 20, 2019

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