U.S. President Barack Obama to Visit Laos

U.S. President Obama will travel to Laos and China September 2-9, 2016.  President Obama will be the first U.S. president to visit Laos, where he will participate in the U.S.-ASEAN Summit and the East Asia Summit. Additionally, he will have bilateral meetings with President Bounnhang Vorachith and other key officials to advance U.S.-Lao cooperation on ... Read More»

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Paves the Way for President Obama’s Visit

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Daniel R. Russel visited the Lao PDR on August11 and 12 to prepare for President Obama’s historic visit to Laos next month.  Assistant Secretary Russel met separately with Foreign Minister Saleumxay Kommasith and Xaysomphone Phomvihane, President of the Lao Front for Construction, to discuss the growing bilateral relationship and make ... Read More»

U.S and Laos Expand Economic Ties

Consultations between the ten ASEAN Economic Ministers (AEM) and the United States Trade Representative were held on 4 August 2016 in Vientiane, Lao PDR. The Consultations were co-chaired by H.E. Mrs Khemmani Pholsena, Minister of Industry and Commerce of Lao PDR and Ms. Barbara Weisel, Assistant United States Trade Representative (AUSTR) for Southeast Asia and ... Read More»

United States – Lao People’s Army Conduct Eleventh Annual Bilateral Defense Dialogue

Senior officials from the U.S. Embassy and U.S. Pacific Command (USPACOM) met August 1-3 in Honolulu with senior officials from the Ministry of National Defense (MND) for the 11th Lao-United States Bilateral Defense Dialogue. The meeting was led by Brigadier General Kenchanh Nangthalasy, Director of Foreign Relations Department (FRD), Ministry of National Defense (MND) and ... Read More»

U.S. Secretary of State Reaffirms U.S. Commitment to Asia

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry traveled to Vientiane, Laos on July 25-26 to participate in the ASEAN Regional Forum, the East Asia Summit Foreign Ministers Meeting, the ASEAN-U.S. Ministerial Meeting, and the Lower Mekong Initiative Ministerial Meeting. This is Secretary Kerry’s second trip to the Lao PDR this year, reaffirming the U.S commitment to expanded ... Read More»

U.S. Secretary of State to Visit Lao PDR

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Vientiane, Laos, from July 25-26 to participate in the ASEAN Regional Forum, the East Asia Summit Foreign Ministers Meeting, the ASEAN-U.S. Ministerial Meeting, and the Lower Mekong Initiative Ministerial Meeting.  At these ASEAN meetings, the Secretary will discuss the region’s security architecture and shared transnational challenges.  ... Read More»

United States Celebrates Independence Day

The U.S. Embassy celebrated 240 years of American independence at its annual Independence Day event on July 4, 2016.  Minister of Foreign Affairs H.E. Mr. Saleumxay Kommasith was the guest of honor and officially represented the Lao PDR at the event.  Over 500 guests joined the Embassy staff on the grounds of the Embassy, including ... Read More»

Lao Entrepreneur attends Global Entrepreneurship Summit

With support from U.S. Embassy Vientiane, an innovative entrepreneur, Ms. Oulayphone Silimasack, was selected to attend the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) in Palo Alto, California from June 22-24.  Ms. Oulayphone Silimasack, who runs AEC English Center in Vientiane, joined 700 entrepreneurs from around the world along with investors, speakers, and leaders in the field.  High-level ... Read More»

Laos and U.S. Cooperate to Find Americans Missing in Action

VIENTIANE, Laos (June 16, 2016) – A joint U.S. – Lao team recently finished a series of excavations to account for U.S. service members remaining unaccounted-for from the Indochina War.  Fifty-three American and 15 Lao team members excavated four aircraft crash sites in Houaphan, Xiangkhouang and Khammouan Provinces. On June 16, the United States and ... Read More»

U.S. Supports Customs Department Initiative

With support from the U.S. Embassy the Lao Customs Department, Ministry of Finance and American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA-ROLI) conducted a workshop for senior officials from the Lao PDR Customs Department on strengthening customs systems. The two-day workshop began on May 26. At the opening, speakers noted the importance of this cooperation.  ... Read More»

United States Supports Organic Farm Training at Drug Treatment Center

The U.S. Embassy this week is funding vocational training in organic agricultural methods for recovering drug addicts who have received treatment at Somsanga Drug Treatment and Vocational Training Center in Vientiane. The training will help drug addicts develop their skills in agriculture and gardening, so that they may once more become productive members of their ... Read More»

Lao Graduate Students Departed to United States

Six outstanding Lao students will travel to the United States this year to pursue Master’s degrees and to upgrade their professional skills under the prestigious Fulbright Program. During a recent meeting at the U.S. Embassy in Vientiane, U.S. Ambassador to the Lao P.D.R. Daniel A. Clune congratulated the group on their achievement and encouraged them ... Read More»

U.S. Supports Better Access to Water for Lao Communities

Khammouane, Lao PDR– Representatives from the U.S. Government and development partners handed over restored and constructed water systems to the Lao government to increase access to water for over 1,300 men, women and children in three villages, particularly during the dry season. This assistance, including storage tanks, improved piping and distribution points, were provided with ... Read More»

U.S. Donates Equipment to Fight Drug Trafficking

U.S. Ambassador Daniel Clune turned over $110,000 worth of equipment to the Ministry of Public Security of the Lao PDR on May 13.  Police Brigadier General, Sisavath Keomalavong, Director of the General Police Department accepted the donation on behalf of the Lao government.  The equipment, including body armor, drug test kits, and other materials, will assist ... Read More»

U.S. Provides Village Clinic in Xiengkhouang Province

United States Deputy Chief of Mission to the Lao PDR Michael Kleine presented a new Village Clinic to The Vice Governor of Xiengkhouang Province, HE Mr. Buasone Sinouanthong during a handover ceremony on May 12, 2016 in Xiengkhouang Province. Located in Nonghet District, the $589,473 U.S-funded village clinic building is on the site of existing ... Read More»

Laos and the United States Work Together to Prevent the Spread of Disease

VIENTIANE – Today, the Lao PDR’s Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry launched a new U.S.-funded project to help identify viruses that have the potential to move from animals to humans. Under a memorandum of understanding signed by Lao officials and representatives from the U.S. Agency for International Development project, teams will begin taking samples from ... Read More»

United States and Lao PDR Conduct Annual Bilateral Dialogue

The United States and Lao PDR conducted their seventh annual Comprehensive Bilateral Dialogue on May 6 in Vientiane.  Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Russel led the U.S delegation, which included officials from the U.S. Departments of State and Defense and the United States Agency for International Development. During their discussions, Assistant Secretary Russel and Lao ... Read More»

U.S. and WFP Support School Meals Program in Lao PDR

VIENTIANE– Officials from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Lao PDR Ministry of Education and Sports have concluded a visit to schools supported by the McGovern–Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program, through the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). The representatives visited five WFP-supported schools in Oudomxay province, northern ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador Marks Earth Day

In honor of Earth Day, U.S. Ambassador Daniel Clune and his wife Judy joined English Access Scholarship students in planting a frangipani tree, the national symbol of Laos, at the American Center @ That Dam.  This event was part of an international effort to plant 7.8 billion trees, one tree for every person on the ... Read More»

Laos signs the Paris Agreement on Climate Change in New York

On Friday, April 22 the Lao PDR signed the historic Paris Agreement on Climate Change on Earth Day at the United Nations in New York. Laos was represented by H.E. Sommad Pholsena, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Phouvong Luangsaysana, Director General of Disaster Management and Climate Change at the Ministry of Natural Resources and ... Read More»
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