EDL-Gen and GE Sign MOU to Develop Hydropower Digital Pilot Project in Laos

VIENTIANE, LAOS – On November 8, 2018 the American company GE signed a Memorandum of Understanding with EDL-Gen to host a Digital Industrial Workshop with energy officials and to further develop energy infrastructure in the Lao PDR.    Under the MoU, GE will host a Digital Industrial Workshop with EDL-Gen officials, then run a technical ...
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U.S. Government Hands Over Technology, Equipment to the Anti-Money Laundering Intelligence Office of the Lao PDR

VIENTIANE, LAO PDR: On November 1, 2018 the United States government formally handed over information technology and equipment to senior officials in the Anti-Money Laundering Intelligence Office (AMLIO) of the Lao PDR. The U.S. Embassy presented the equipment to AMLIO Director General Madame Phengsy Phengmuong in the capital. Also attending the ceremony was Ms. Ekaterina ...
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Senior U.S. Official Meets with Lao Government to Discuss Indo-Pacific Strategy

VIENTIANE, Lao PDR: On October 14-16, a senior official from the U.S. State Department visited Laos to review the continued progress in bilateral relations and to brief Lao officials on the U.S. Indo-Pacific Strategy. During his visit Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) Walter Douglas from the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs met with Deputy ...
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United States and Lao PDR Conduct Thirteenth Annual Bilateral Defense Dialogue

OAHU, HAWAII: On September 18th, 2018 Senior officials from the U.S. military in Hawaii hosted officials from the Lao Ministry of National Defense at Camp Smith, Hawaii for the 13th Lao-United States Bilateral Defense Dialogue. Delegates discussed strengthening bilateral and multilateral cooperation and improving practical collaboration in a range of areas. The meeting was led ...
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The United States Expands Support for Emergency Relief in Attapeu Province

VIENTIANE, LAO PDR – During the month of August, the U.S. Government has expanded its support for emergency relief in Attapeu Province and nearby areas affected by the severe flooding in July in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), through its Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance, is partnering ...
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AFS Animation Storytelling Workshop

ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR ANIMATION WORKSHOP! The American Film Showcase (AFS), in collaboration with U.S. Embassy Vientiane and the Luang Prabang Film Festival (LPFF), is pleased to announce a six-day animation workshop, which will take place on December 7-12, 2018, during the 9th Luang Prabang Film Festival. Through trainings focused on story and pitch development for ...
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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s Remarks at the U.S.-ASEAN Ministerial Meeting

Michael R. Pompeo, U.S. Secretary of States Singapore, Singapore August 3, 2018 SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you. Thank you, Mr. Minister. It’s an honor to co-chair this ministerial meeting with you. It’s my first meeting as well. I’m delighted to participate in this first engagement here with U.S.-ASEAN, and it’s great to be back in Singapore. ...
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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo On “America’s Indo-Pacific Economic Vision”

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo On “America’s Indo-Pacific Economic Vision” Indo-Pacific Business Forum SECRETARY POMPEO:  Good morning, everyone.  It’s great to be with you.  Thank you, Tom, for the kind introduction.  Thanks to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for having me here and hosting this important Indo-Pacific Business Forum as well.  I’m glad to ...
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U.S. Ambassador Announces Support for Emergency Relief in Attapeu Province

VIENTIANE, LAO PDR – U.S. Ambassador Rena Bitter announced the deployment of an assessment team and the immediate release of $100,000 for emergency relief in Attapeu Province and nearby flood-affected areas of Southern Laos on Friday, July 27. Through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the U.S. Government has deployed a team of experts ...
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Weather Alert – U. S. Embassy Vientiane, Laos – July 25, 2018

Weather Alert – U. S. Embassy Vientiane, Laos – July 25, 2018 Location: Southern Laos: Attapeu and Champasak Provinces Event: Damage to a hydroelectric dam in Attapeu Province has resulted in severe flooding along the Xe Pian River in southern Lao PDR.  Flooding is also expected in Pakse in the coming days due to cresting ...
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U.S. Embassy Celebrates Independence Day, Highlights Strong Bilateral Relations

VIENTIANE – The U.S. Embassy celebrated 242 years of American independence at its annual Independence Day event at a hotel in Vientiane on July 3, 2018, together with more than 600 invited guests. Minister of Education and Sports Ms. Sengdeuan Lachanthaboun and Ambassador Phoxay Khaikhamphithoun, Chief of Cabinet in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, were ...
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U.S. Embassy-Hosted Lao Digital Forum Highlights Financial Technology

VIENTIANE, Lao PDR – The focus was on financial technology, economic growth and microenterprise development at the second Lao Digital Forum hosted by the U.S. Embassy, held in Vientiane on June 29.  Organized by the U.S. Embassy and Bank of Lao PDR, with financial support from U.S. companies Microsoft and Visa, the forum brought together ...
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U.S. Partners with Lao Government to Combat Money Laundering

LUANG PRABANG, PAKSE, Lao PDR: Between June 13-20, 2018, the U.S. government collaborated with Lao partners to hold trainings on anti-money laundering in two different provinces in the Lao PDR. The “Investigative Techniques Workshop on Prosecuting Money Laundering and Financing of Terrorism” were held in in partnership with the Anti-Money Laundering Intelligence Office (AMLIO) of ...
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US Government Promotes Silk Entrepreneurship in Lao PDR

XIENGKHOUANG, HOUAPHANH: The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), in collaboration with the Ministry of Industry and Commerce, provided training on natural dyeing and digital marketing for women-owned businesses from May 28-June 15, 2018 in Xieng Khouang and Houaphanh provinces. More than 50 women entrepreneurs participated in the 3-week training courses, where they learned ...
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Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI) Embassy Regional Grants Program

  Please complete the attached grant application  (Download here)  (Microsoft Word 46KB), answering all questions in full. This is the initial announcement of this funding opportunity EAP07272018 Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number: 19.124 Application Deadline: July 27, 2018 A. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION The U.S. Department of State Bureau of East Asia Pacific Affairs (EAP) announces an open ...
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U.S. Pacific Command Deputy Commander Visits Lao P.D.R.

VIENTIANE, Lao PDR – A high-ranking military delegation from the U.S. Pacific Command visited the Lao government from May 10-11, 2018 to highlight the growing U.S.-Laos bilateral defense relationship and to reaffirm the U.S. commitment to the Indo-Pacific region. U.S. Pacific Command is one of six geographic Unified Combatant Commands of the U.S.  Armed Forces. ...
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U.S. Government Supports Lao Public Health Experts

VIENTIANE, Lao PDR – The ninth cohort of Lao public health workers graduated from the Field Epidemiology Training Program in Vientiane on Monday, April 30, 2018, supported by the United States Government. Associate Professor Dr. Bounkong Syhavong, Minister of Health for the Lao PDR, presented graduation certificates to the trainees at a ceremony also attended ...
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Lao New Year Statement

Press Statement John J. Sullivan Acting Secretary of State Washington, DC April 11, 2018 On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I extend best wishes to the people of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic as they celebrate “Pi Mai Lao” on April 14. Our bilateral Comprehensive Partnership continues to grow, as exemplified ...
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U.S. ASEAN Dialogue

Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs Acting Assistant Secretary Susan Thornton co-chaired the 31st U.S.-ASEAN Dialogue in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on April 3 together with Secretary General Dato’ Ramlan Ibrahim of Malaysia.  The Dialogue included fruitful talks among the United States, all ten ASEAN members, and the ASEAN Secretariat, and demonstrated the ongoing importance ...
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U.S. Congresswoman Meets with Lao Government

VIENTIANE, Lao PDR – A high-ranking member of the U.S. Congress visited Vientiane on April 2-3, 2018 and met with representatives of the Lao government on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 to discuss ways to strengthen cooperation in the areas of defense, public security and law enforcement. Representative Jackie Speier is a Democratic Congresswoman representing California’s ...
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U.S. Officials Promote School Nutrition in Luang Namtha Province

LUANG NAMTHA, Lao PDR – During a visit to U.S.-funded school feeding projects in three villages on March 27-29, 2018, U.S. government officials met with Vice Governor of Luang Namtha Province, H.E. Mr. Bounyee Keokhounmeuang, and learned how local school children and farmers are benefitting from U.S.-government assistance in the province. Deputy Administrator of the ...
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U.S. Officials Visit School Feeding Project in Savannakhet Province

SAVANNAKHET, Lao PDR – Officials from the United States Embassy in Vientiane and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in Washington, DC, met with the Governor of Savannakhet Province, H.E. Mr. Santiphap Phomvihanh, and visited a U.S.-funded school feeding project at Nongsavang School on March 26, 2018. Ms. Jocelyn Brown, Deputy Administrator of the ...
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U.S. Provides New Hospitals in Salavan Province and New Clinic in Xekong Province

The United States Embassy and United States Pacific Command (USPACOM) formally presented three new District Hospitals and one village clinic to the following three districts: Toumlan and Samouey Districts of Salavan Province and Thataeng District in Xekong Province.  The handover ceremonies were held on February 27, 2018 in Toumlan and Thataeng Districts, and on February ...
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Two High-Ranking U.S. Congressional Delegations Visit Lao PDR

VIENTIANE, Lao PDR – Two high-level delegations from the U.S. Congress visited the Lao PDR between February 21-25.  The Members of Congress met with counterparts in the Lao government, and discuss progress on bilateral cooperation under the U.S.-Lao PDR Comprehensive Partnership. Respectively, the two delegations were the highest-ranking and the largest U.S. Congressional delegations to ...
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United States and Lao PDR Cooperate to Prepare for Natural Disasters

LUANG PRABANG, Laos – The United States and the Lao People’s Democratic Republic are working to prepare for future disasters through a new project called “Prepared and Resilient Communities in Lao PDR” funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). On January 31, U.S. Ambassador Rena Bitter witnessed the signing of a memorandum ...
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U.S. Embassy and Companies Support First-ever Lao Digital Forum

VIENTIANE, Lao PDR – U.S. Ambassador Rena Bitter made opening remarks at the first-ever Lao Digital Forum held on January 26.  The Forum focused on the global digital economy revolution and its potential benefits for microenterprises and Small- and Medium-Sized Enterprises in Laos, as well as the policy environment needed to harness the benefits of ...
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U.S. Government Provides 15 New Vehicles to UXO Lao for Clearance Operations

VIENTIANE, Lao PDR – U.S. Ambassador Rena Bitter handed over 15 new Toyota Landcruisers to the Lao National Unexploded Ordnance Program (UXO Lao) during a ceremony on January 12.  The contribution, valued at approximately USD 490,000, included 15 sets of equipment for 15 new UXO Lao Clearance teams that are operating in Savannakhet, Khammouan and ...
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U.S. Ambassador and Minister of Education and Sports Sign Letter of Agreement on English Teaching Assistance

VIENTIANE, Lao PDR – U.S. Ambassador Rena Bitter and Minister Sengdeuane Lachanthaboun signed a five-year Letter of Agreement on U.S. Government assistance for English teaching in Laos.  This agreement between the U.S. Embassy and Lao Ministry of Education and Sports will help strengthen English language instruction and offer cultural insights for students in Laos. In ...
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Lao People’s Democratic Republic National Day

Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC November 30, 2017 On behalf of the United States of America, I offer congratulations to President Bounnhang Vorachit and the people of Laos on the occasion of Laos’ National Day on December 2. The ties between the United States and Laos continue to develop in the spirit ...
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Regional Leaders Meet to Discuss Lower Mekong Development

VIENTIANE, Lao PDR – In partnership with the government of the Lao PDR, the U.S. government co-hosted a regional meeting between five key Southeast Asian countries on November 16-17, 2017 to encourage equitable, sustainable, and inclusive growth throughout the Lower Mekong Region. The 10th Regional Working Group Meeting was organized by the Lower Mekong Initiative ...
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NYTimes OpEd‎ on North Korea By U.S. State Department Director of Policy Planning Brian H. Hook

Earlier this month at the National Assembly in Seoul, President Trump highlighted the tragic tale of the “two Koreas” — one free, just and peaceful, the other tyrannical, oppressive and dangerous. This contrast is at the root of America’s most urgent national-security challenge. It is also now on vivid display in a South Korean hospital, ...
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Remarks by President Trump at 5TH U.S.-ASEAN Summit

Philippine International Convention Center Manila, Philippines 2:57 P.M. PHT PRESIDENT TRUMP:  President Duterte, distinguished leaders, friends and partners:  I’m honored to represent the United States of America at this U.S.-ASEAN Commemorative Summit.  We gather today at a time of great promise and great challenge. I speak to you on behalf of 350 million Americans with ...
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Remarks by President Trump to the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea

National Assembly Building Seoul, Republic of Korea 11:24 A.M. KST PRESIDENT TRUMP: Assembly Speaker Chung, distinguished members of this Assembly, ladies and gentlemen: Thank you for the extraordinary privilege to speak in this great chamber and to address your people on behalf of the people of the United States of America. In our short time ...
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U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross Visits Laos to Advance Economic Ties U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross Visits Laos to Advance Economic Tie

VIENTIANE, Lao PDR – The visit of U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur L. Ross, Jr. marks the first visit of a U.S. Commerce Secretary to the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, and the first visit of a U.S. Cabinet Secretary during the Trump Administration. During his historic visit, Secretary Ross was hosted by Minister of Industry and ...
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Lao Lawyers Complete Course on Trade-Specific English Skills Supported by USAIDLao Lawyers Complete Course on Trade-Specific English Skills

VIENTIANE, Lao PDR – Last week, Alexandria Huerta, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Laos Country Office Director recognized Lao officials for their participation and performance during a five-week course on English drafting, analysis, and editing skills. The course was designed specifically for officials who support regional trade negotiations on behalf of the Lao ...
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United States Pacific Command- Lao People’s Army Conduct Twelfth Annual Bilateral Defense Dialogue

Senior officials from the U.S. Embassy and U.S. Pacific Command (USPACOM) met with senior officials from the Ministry of National Defense (MND) for the 12th Lao-United States Bilateral Defense Dialogue.  This meeting was hosted by the Ministry of National Defense, and held on August 28, 2017 at the Manoluck Hotel in Luang Prabang, Lao PDR. ...
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U.S. Supports Education for Primary School Students in Savannakhet Province

U.S. Ambassador to the Lao PDR Rena Bitter joined Deputy Minister of Education and Sports (MoES), Associate Prof. Dr Kongsy Sengmany and Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Country Representative Bernie F. Chaves this week at a MOU signing ceremony between the MoES and CRS. This signing ceremony was to officially launch phase two of the Learning ...
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Eighth U.S.-Laos Comprehensive Bilateral Dialogue 

The United States and the Lao People’s Democratic Republic held their 8th annual Comprehensive Bilateral Dialogue on July 25 in Washington, D.C.  Acting Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and Pacific Affairs Susan Thornton led the U.S delegation, which included representatives from the U.S. Departments of State, Defense, and Commerce; Office of the U.S. ...
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U.S. Provides Health Systems Development and Best Practices Course

The U.S. Embassy, U.S. Pacific Command and the Defense Institute for Medical Operations, in a collaborative effort with the Ministry of Public Health, and the Ministry of National Defense, sponsored Health Systems Development and Best Practices course in Vientiane, Laos, from July 24-28, 2017. The Health Systems Development course focused on ways to improve patient ...
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U.S. Senior Official’s Visit Highlights Cooperation on Resolving UXO War Legacy

Maj. Gen. Michael D. Rothstein, U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Plans, Programs and Operations, Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, visited the Lao PDR from July 10-14 in order to promote enhanced collaboration on unexploded ordnance (UXO) survey and clearance activities.  He visited field sites in Xieng Khouang Province to review progress on the implementation ...
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United States Celebrates Independence Day

The U.S. Embassy celebrated 241 years of American independence at its annual Independence Day event on July 6, 2017.  Minister of Labor and Social Welfare Dr. Khampheng Saysompheng and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Sengphet Houngbounguang were the guests of honor and officially represented the Lao PDR at the event.  Over 300 guests joined ...
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United States Continues Funding for UXO Operations in Xieng Khouang Province

On Friday, U.S. Ambassador Rena Bitter witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Lao PDR’s National Regulatory Authority for UXO/Mine Action Section (NRA), represented by Director General Phoukhieo Chanthasomboune, and Mines Advisory Group (MAG Laos), represented by Country Director Blossum Gilmour.  The ceremony took place at the NRA Office in Vientiane ...
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U.S. Ambassador Visits COPE Mobile Clinic in Xayaburi

U.S. Ambassador Rena Bitter visited a U.S. government-funded Cooperative Orthotic and Prosthetic Enterprise (COPE) Mobile Clinic for persons with disabilities and met with government officials during her trip to Xayaburi Province early this month. Ambassador Bitter visited Xiengphone District Hospital where Mobile Clinic staff provides free rehabilitative services. While there, she spoke to community members ...
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U.S. Senior Official’s Visit Highlights Lao-U.S. Cooperation on Strengthening Rule of Law

Ambassador Alexander A. Arvizu, U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), visited the Lao PDR from May 23-26 in order to participate in the ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting on Transnational Crime (SOMTC) and related bilateral meetings in Vientiane.  Speaking with a wide range of senior Lao government ...
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Diplomatic and Business Community Mark the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia

To mark the International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia (IDAHOT) on May 17 the Office of the Embassy of Canada, the Australian Embassy, the British Embassy, the Delegation of the European Union, and the U.S. Embassy in partnership with Proud to be Us Laos, hosted a reception in Vientiane. The guests included members of ...
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U.S. Ambassador Visits Southern Provinces

U.S. Ambassador Rena Bitter visited American health and education projects and met with government officials during her trip to Sekong, Salavan, and Champasak Provinces on May 9-10. In Sekong Province, Ambassador Bitter visited Chung Hung Nuea School and Kok Hai School where she handed over school supplies and enjoyed lunch with the students who students ...
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Statement by Secretary Tillerson Lao New Year

On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, best wishes to the people of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic as they celebrate the Lao New Year. This past year our two countries announced a Comprehensive Partnership, which opened a new era in the U.S.-Lao relationship and deepened our diplomatic, commercial and people-to-people ...
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U.S. Supports Strengthening Health Laboratories

The National Center for Laboratory and Epidemiology (NCLE), Ministry of Health, convened a workshop, with support from the U.S. government, to mark the new initiative: Strengthening Health Laboratory and Epidemiology System in Lao PDR, held in Vientiane Capital on 21 March 2017. This project will strengthen National Laboratory Systems in Laos with a commitment of ...
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United States and Laos Launch Trade and Investment Talks

A senior delegation from the Office of the United States Trade Representative, led by Assistant U.S. Trade Representative Barbara Weisel and joined by Ambassador Rena Bitter, met with H.E Somchith Inthamith, Vice Minister of Industry and Commerce, and other Lao government officials to discuss deepening economic, trade, and investment ties on March 22 in Vientiane. ...
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The United States Supports Wheelchair Basketball in Laos

U.S. Ambassador to Lao PDR Rena Bitter attended the first-ever National Wheelchair Basketball Tournament on March 18, 2017.  The event was funded by the U.S. Government through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). “The U.S. Government is committed to supporting integration of Persons with Disability (PWD) into society, working to remove barriers, and helping ...
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U.S. and WFP Promote Children’s Education and Nutrition through School Meals Program

The U.S. Ambassador to Lao PDR, Rena Bitter visited schools supported by the World Food Programme (WFP) and the U.S. government on March 10 in Luang Prabang Province. The U.S. government’s McGovern-Dole Food for Education Program has been funding WFP school meals program since 2008.  Each day, 140,000 children in 1,450 schools across seven provinces ...
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United States Provides 120,000 Mosquito Nets to Prevent Malaria

The U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission to Lao PDR Michael Kleine presented 120,000 mosquito nets to the Deputy Minister of Health, H.E. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Phouthone Muongpak during a ceremony in Vientiane on March 10. These mosquito nets will be distributed to families in rural areas of Bolikhamxay, Khammouane, Oudomxay, Phongsaly, Salavan, Sayabouly, and Savannakhet ...
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U.S.-Lao Exchange Program Alumni Seek to Better Their Communities

More than one hundred alumni of U.S.-Lao exchange programs gathered on March 03 to share memories and connect with their fellow exchange program participants.  These alumni range from high school students to established professionals and distinguished leaders who participated in a broad variety of programs in the United States. U.S. Ambassador Rena Bitter praised the ...
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The U.S. Supports Blood Safety for Lao Red Cross

The U.S. Embassy, in cooperation with the National Blood Transfusion Center (NBTC), conducted a five-day workshop to enhance blood safety in the Lao PDR.  The workshop took place February 27 to March 3 in conjunction with the Lao Red Cross National Annual Meeting in Vientiane Province.  More than sixty laboratory technicians, nurses, and directors of ...
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Graduates of U.S.-Supported Field Epidemiology Training to Enhance Public Health

U.S. Ambassador to Lao PDR Rena Bitter joined Deputy Minister of Health Dr. Phouthone Meungpak and World Health Organization (WHO) Representative to Lao PDR, Dr. Juliet Fleischl to congratulate the eighth cohort of field epidemiology trainees during their graduation ceremony at the Don Chan Palace Hotel on February 27. The Lao Field Epidemiology Training (FET) ...
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United States and Lao PDR Cooperate to Reduce Malnutrition

The United States and the Lao PDR are working to reduce child stunting through USAID Nurture, a $3.7 million United States Government development project funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development. On February 03, the Lao government signed a memorandum of understanding with Save the Children, the prime implementing partner for the program. Through ...
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U.S. Provides New Blood Center in Champasak Province

U.S. Ambassador to the Lao PDR Rena Bitter handed over a new blood center in Champasak Province to the Vice-Governor of Champasak Province, Mr. Somsanith Boudthivong, during a ceremony on January 12. The new blood center will provide emergency blood services to people in the southern provinces. In September 2016, President Obama and President Bounnhang ...
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Lao PDR Advances Commitment to Global Health Security

The Lao People’s Democratic Republic has taken a momentous step forward to prevent, detect and respond to infectious disease threats by developing a five-year plan aligned with the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) and the World Health Organization (WHO) International Health Regulations (IHR). From December 20-21, the Ministry of Health’s Department of Communicable Disease Control ...
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Statement by Secretary Kerry: Lao National Day

On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I extend my warmest wishes to President Bounnhang Vorachit and the people of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic as you commemorate your National Day on December 2. This year marked another high point in our bilateral relationship, culminating in an historic visit by President Obama and ...
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Lao-American Institute Will Work to Improve Nutrition in Laos

The U.S. government, Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), and the Lao Ministry of Health held a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of the future campus of the Lao-American Nutrition Institute (LANI) on November 2, 2016 in Vientiane.  The Minister of Health H.E. Dr. Bounkong Syhavong, Ambassador Rena Bitter, and OHSU President Joe Robertson attended ...
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New U.S. Ambassador to the Lao PDR Arrives in Vientiane

The new U.S. Ambassador to the Lao PDR Rena Bitter presented her credentials to President Bounnhang Vorachith on November 2 at the Presidential Palace.  During her tenure as Ambassador, she is looking forward to advancing the Comprehensive Partnership between the Lao PDR and the United States that President Obama and President Vorachith unveiled in September. ...
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U.S. Paves the Way for Let Girls Learn Initiative in Laos

Susan Markham, Senior Coordinator for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), today wrapped up a five-day visit to Lao PDR during which she met Lao education officials and visited schools to pave the way for the expansion of the U.S. Government’s Let Girls Learn initiative to Laos, which ...
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Travel Advisory: Unpredictable Security Situation in parts of Laos

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the risks of travel in parts of Laos due to the unpredictable security situation. U.S. Embassy personnel are restricted from traveling in certain areas due to reports of violence, combined with the unusually heavy presence of Lao government security forces in some areas. This replaces the Travel ...
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President Obama Announces Doubling of UXO Assistance to Lao PDR

During his historic visit to the Lao PDR, on September 6th U.S. President Barack Obama announced that the United States will double unexploded ordnance (UXO) assistance to the Lao PDR, from $15 million during the last year to $30 million in the coming year.  The assistance, which totals $90 million over the next three years, will support ...
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GE to Open Office in Laos, Help Build Skills and Regional Connectivity

As U.S. President Barack Obama arrives for his historic trip to the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, the economic bonds between the United States and Laos continue to grow.  General Electric (GE) announced plans on September 5 to open a new office in Vientiane in order to establish a presence in the growing local market.  Additionally, ...
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Microsoft to Provide Cloud-Based Training to Lao Students

As U.S. President Barack Obama arrives for his historic trip to the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, the economic bonds between the United States and Laos continue to grow.  On September 5, Microsoft, the Ministry of Education and Sports, and the Ministry of Post and Telecommunications agreed to collaborate on an innovative new skill-building program. The ...
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Lao-American Institute Will Work to Improve Nutrition in Laos

The U.S. government, Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), and the Lao Ministry of Health signed two Memorandums of Understanding on September 5th to construct and operate a new Lao-American Nutrition Institute (LANI) in Vientiane.  The Institute will help prevent malnutrition and promote health and well-being throughout Laos. The Oregon Health and Science University will ...
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United States Trains Professors on Climate Change Education across Asia-Pacific Region

Empowered by a curriculum developed by the U.S. Agency for International Development Lowering Emissions in Asia’s Forests (USAID LEAF) program, 700 professors at 63 universities in the Asia-Pacific region are rolling out education to a new generation of climate change professionals in Southeast Asia. Working with university professors mainly from the Lower Mekong region, USAID ...
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United States Works to Improve Job Skills in Lower Mekong

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced a new partnership with 12 leading universities and vocational institutions in the Lower Mekong sub-region to empower students with essential skills to thrive in the workplace. Selected as part of a competitive USAID Connecting the Mekong through Education and Training (USAID COMET) grants program, the following ...
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U.S. Government Supports Women’s Empowerment

In collaboration with the Institute of Foreign Affairs (IFA) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and The Habibie Center (THC), the U.S. government sponsored a workshop on February 25, 2016 on “Women Empowerment and Gender Equality in the ASEAN Economic Community” at Vientiane Plaza Hotel in Vientiane, Lao PDR . Women constitute more than half ...
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U.S. Supports Better Nutrition in Laos

With support from the U.S. Science Envoy Program, experts in child nutrition from Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar and Australia will come together to address child nutrition challenges and kick-start a process of scientific advancement in Southeast Asia. U.S. Science Envoy Dr. Geraldine Richmond will facilitate the first regional conference entitled “Developmental Neuroscience and Stunting: A ...
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U.S. Supports Anti-Corruption Training

With support from the U.S. Embassy the State Inspection and Anti-Corruption Authority (SIAA) and American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) conducted a training workshop for trainers about preventing and combating corruption on March 14 in Vientiane.  Seventy-seven Lao government officials from 37 different ministries and organizations attended the five-day workshop. Mr. Xaikham ...
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Travel Alert

Travel Alert for Laos expanded to cover Road 13 between Luang Prabang and Vang Vieng The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to a series of recent shooting attacks along Road 13, a major thoroughfare connecting Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng, two of Laos’ most popular tourist destinations. The Embassy has prohibited official travel on Road ...
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U.S. Supports Access to Legal Information

With support from the U.S. Embassy and other development partners, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) officially launched a Legal Information Kiosk on March 3, at the People’s Provincial Court of Xieng Khuang. The Kiosk will enhance local citizens’ ability to gain access to legal information. This project aims to support the Lao PDR’s goal ...
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United States Provides New Lower Secondary School for Bolikhamxay

The United States government formally presented a new school in Pakxan District, Bolikhamxay Province to the Lao government, in a handover ceremony on February 19, 2016. United States Ambassador to the Lao PDR Daniel Clune and the Vice-Governor of Bolikhamxay Province Dr. Souvanny Xaysana participated in the ceremony. The $456,635 U.S.-funded project includes a new ...
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United States Hands Over New Secondary School to Khammouane Province

United States Ambassador to the Lao PDR Daniel A. Clune handed over a new secondary school in Khammouane Province to Vice-Governor of Khammouane Province, Mr. Khamsy Outhivong during a ceremony on February 18, 2016. The $639,070 U.S.-funded project includes a new building with eight classrooms, two teacher rooms, and a dormitory at Phonsaath Complete Secondary ...
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United States Supports Vocational Training at Drug Treatment Center

U.S. Ambassador Daniel A. Clune handed over three new green houses, a reservoir facility, office supplies, and media equipment to the Somsanga Drug Treatment and Vocation Training Center on February 2, 2016.  The reservoir and greenhouse will enable the center to expand its vocational training program, helping individuals who have received treatment at Somsanga to ...
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U.S. Secretary of State Engages Lao Youth

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry engaged in a lively discussion with members of the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) about environmental sustainability during his visit to the Lao PDR.  Seated at a restaurant overlooking the Mekong River, Secretary Kerry highlighted the U.S. government’s commitment to supporting countries in the region as they seek ...
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U.S. Secretary of State’s Visit Highlights Growing U.S.-Lao Relationship

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s January 24 and 25 visit to Vientiane emphasized the deepening ties between the United States and Lao PDR.  Secretary Kerry met with Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong to discuss preparations for the U.S.-ASEAN Sunnylands Summit, which will be jointly hosted by the United States and Laos in California next month. ...
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United States Announces New $6 Million Nutrition Program

The U.S. government announced on January 28 the launch of a new $6 million program implemented by Save the Children to improve the health of women and children in Laos. Over the next three years, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Nurture initiative will help reduce child nutritional stunting and improve household nutrition, water, ...
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U.S. Support Keeps Traditional Folktales Alive

U.S. Ambassador Daniel Clune on December 6 attended the unveiling in Luang Prabang of 25 short films depicting traditional folktales from the Hmong, Kmhmu, and Tai Lue ethnic groups.  The program was part of the U.S.-supported Women and Folktales Project, a partnership of the Luang Prabang Film Festival (LPFF) and the Traditional Arts and Ethnology ...
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U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Visits Laos to Signal “New Chapter” in U.S.-Lao Relationship

In recognition of the deepening partnership between the United States and the Lao PDR, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Daniel R. Russel visited the Lao PDR on December 17 and 18.  Addressing the Institute of Foreign Affairs, Assistant Secretary Russel told a capacity audience that, “We’re writing a new chapter in relations between Laos and ...
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President Obama Highlights Accomplishments of Lao Youth Leader

During a town hall meeting on November 20 with emerging leaders from ASEAN countries participating in the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Summit in Kuala Lumpur, President Obama highlighted the accomplishments of Ms. Chindavone Sanlath from Phongsali Province, who is working to improve forest management in Laos. “I was born in one of the ...
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U.S. President Obama Meets Lao Prime Minister at ASEAN Summit

U.S. President Barack Obama met with Prime Minister of the Lao PDR Thongsing Thammavong in Kuala Lumpur on November 21 to discuss the expanding relationship between the two nations.  During the meeting Prime Minster Thongsing Thammavong highlighted the growing partnership between the U.S. and Laos in the health and UXO clearance sectors.  The two leaders ...
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U.S. Opens New American Center

The United States opened a new Center for cultural exchange, language study, and other programming on November 17.  Located in U.S. Embassy’s historic That Dam compound, the new facility is known as The American Center @ That Dam.  More than one hundred people visited the Center on opening day.  Mr. Vannakon, who participated in one ...
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United States Provides Funding to Enable UXO Lao Teams to Return to Work

On October 16, U.S. Deputy National Security Advisor Benjamin Rhodes announced $2.2 million in new U.S. support to UXO Lao, which will enable it to rehire trained technicians it lost in 2014 as a result of funding difficulties.  The UXO Lao teams will be deployed in Houaphanh, Xiengkhouang, Khammouane, Savannakhet, Salavan, and Champassak provinces. Mr. ...
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U.S. Provides Blood Safety Equipment to National Blood Transfusion Center

The United States government formally presented blood safety equipment valued at nearly $1 million (8 billion kip) to the Lao government in a handover ceremony on October 6 at the National Blood Transfusion Center of the Lao Red Cross in Vientiane. The equipment included blood centrifuges, blood bank refrigerators and other medical items to support ...
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U.S. Supports Nuclear Safety and Nonproliferation

U.S. Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission, Michael Kleine opened the Fundamentals of Nuclear Safeguards and the Additional Protocol of the International Atomic Energy Agency Workshop held at the Lao Plaza Hotel October 5-8, 2015. This workshop was sponsored by the U.S. government through the U.S. Department of Energy and co-hosted by the Department of International ...
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U.S. Supports Counter Narcotics Training

The U.S. Embassy supported a three-day intensive counter narcotics training for the Lao Counter Narcotic Police Departments from four southern provinces.  The training began on Wednesday September 16, 2015, at the Provincial Conference Hall in Attapu province. The instructors from the Lao Counter Narcotics Police Department conducted the training, which included a general overview of ...
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United States and Laos Host Disaster Response Seminar

The Lao PDR, in partnership with the United States, hosted the Lower Mekong Initiative Disaster Relief Exercise and Exchange (LMI DREE) in Vientiane, starting on September 22.  The LMI DREE is an annual civil-military disaster preparedness and response initiative between the governments of Lao PDR, Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand, Viet Nam, and the United States. Each ...
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U.S. Embassy and Ministry of Foreign Affairs Participate in Friendly Football Match

On September 22, 2015 staff from U.S. Embassy and the Protocol Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs played in a friendly football match.  In remarks before the match, U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Officer Matthew Ference thanked the Protocol Department and highlighted the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the United States and the Laos ...
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U.S. Government Assists Flood Victims

In response to widespread flooding in the northern and north-central provinces of Lao PDR, the U.S. Embassy and the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs are partnering with the International Organization of Migration (IOM) and World Vision to distribute disaster relief supplies to communities in Bolikhamxay province. The disaster relief supply distribution is part of ...
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United States – Lao People’s Army Conduct Tenth Annual Bilateral Defense Dialogue

Senior officials from the U.S. Embassy and U.S. Pacific Command (USPACOM) met September 15 in Vientiane with senior officials from the Ministry of National Defense (MND) for the 10th Lao-United States Bilateral Defense Dialogue.  The meeting was led by Brigadier General Onsy Senesouk, Permanent Secretary of National Defense (MND) and Brigadier General Mark Gillette, Deputy ...
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U.S. Government Supports Expansion of Internet in Rural Areas

As a growing number of people in ASEAN realize the benefit of internet connectivity through smartphone technology, expanding broadband access to greater number of rural people becomes increasingly important to the region.  In support of this trend, the U.S. government on September 7 and 8 sponsored a two-day conference on rural wireless broadband internet for ...
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United States Supports Inclusive Development

In partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, the Commission for the Advancement of Women in Laos and the Lao Women’s Union, the U.S. government sponsored a workshop from September 8 to 10 on gender integration in climate change and forestry. The workshop aims to educate staff from the Departments of Forestry and Forest ...
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United States Supports Preparations for Lao PDR’s ASEAN Chairmanship

On September 17 the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Department of  the Ministry of Foreign Affairs hosted the  “Seminar on the Preparations for the LAO PDR’s ASEAN Chairmanship 2016,” supported by the Daniel K. Inouye Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies (DKI APCSS) and the U.S. Embassy to the Lao PDR. Lao government officials ...
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US Embassy Supports Youth Life Skills Training

U.S. Embassy Vientiane joined together with the Lao Youth Union to conduct life skill training programs for teachers and youth leaders.  The programs ran concurrently between August 25 and 29 and provided participants with an opportunity to share life experiences, develop skills, and learn about child development and risk factors for drug use.     ...
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The U.S. supports training on Ebola Infection Control

On August 31, the U.S. Embassy and U.S. Defense Institute for Medical Operations (DIMO), in cooperation with the Ministry of National Defense and Ministry of Public Health will open a five-day workshop on Infection Control in Ebola.  Michael Kleine, Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy and Dr. Nao Bouttha, Chief of Cabinet, Ministry of Public ...
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U.S. Ambassador to Laos Daniel Clune Welcomes U.S. Embassy’s New Deputy Chief of Mission

On August 29, U.S. Ambassador to Laos Daniel Clune hosted a reception to welcome the U.S. Embassy’s new Deputy Chief of Mission Michael Kleine, who recently arrived in Vientiane.  Government officials from various ministries attended the reception at Ambassador Clune’s residence.   In his remarks, Michael Kleine highlighted cooperation between the United States and Laos in ...
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The United States Supports Laboratory Safety in Laos

Between July 13 and August 31, the U.S. government provided a Pathogen Asset Control System software suite to the National Animal Health Laboratory, Department of Livestock and Fisheries, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry; the National Center for Laboratory and Epidemiology, Ministry of Health; and Institute Pasteur du Lao.  The software system improves the safety of ...
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U.S. Congressmen Visit Laos

Congressman Devin Nunes from California and Congressman Frank LoBiondo from New Jersey, both members of the U.S. House of Representatives, visited Vientiane August 13 and 14.  During their stay, they met with Dr. Koukeo Akkhamounty, Member of the Standing Committee and President of the Foreign Relations Committee of the National Assembly, and Vice-Minister of Public ...
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U.S. Embassy and Ministry of Foreign Affairs Celebrate 60 Years of Diplomatic Relations with Friendly Football Match

On August 10, 2015 the U.S. Embassy and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs marked the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the United States and Laos with a friendly football match.  Fittingly, the match ended in a 6-6 tie.  In remarks after the match, Ambassador Clune reiterated the U.S. commitment to deepening their relationship between ...
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United States Hosts Model ASEAN Debate Contest

In honor of ASEAN Day on August 8, the U.S. Embassy hosted a Model ASEAN Debate Contest.  Held at the American Corner at the Lao-American College on the morning of August 4, the Model ASEAN Debate brought together eight students to discuss the best way to solve an important regional issue. Each participant represented an ...
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U.S. Exchange Program Alumni Organize Summer School

On August 03, 2015 alumni from the U.S. Government South East Asia Youth Leadership Program (SEAYLP) launched their “Young Elephant” summer school program for elementary school students at Bo O high school in Hadxayfong district, Vientiane. Mr. Nikone Keophilalay, Director of Bo O High School and Ms. Lucija Straley, Deputy Public Affairs Officers at the ...
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US Embassy Promotes Education in Luang Prabang

Staff from the United States Embassy in Vientiane traveled to Luang Prabang to discuss educational opportunities on July 27-29. Deputy Public Affairs Officer Lucija Straley and Education Advisor Phonesana Siphanhvieng gave a presentation about studying in the United States at the Lao-American Reading Corner at the Luang Prabang Public Library on July 27.  They discussed ...
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Wife of the Vice President of the United States Visits Laos

Dr. Jill Biden, the wife of the Vice President of the United States Joe Biden, visited Laos from July 21-22.  She was accompanied by Catherine Russell, the U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues.  During their visit they discussed educational opportunities for women and girls and highlighted the growing partnership between the United States and Laos. ...
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Lao Officials Graduate from Third Year of U.S. English Language Program

The U.S. Embassy and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Institute for International Affairs completed the sixth and final seminar aimed at improving the English skills of Lao officials working on health, environment, and infrastructure issues.  Graduates received their certificates during a graduation reception at the residence of the U.S. Ambassador to Laos, Daniel Clune. The ...
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Wife of the Vice President of the United States to Visit Laos

Dr. Jill Biden, the wife of the Vice President of the United States, will visit Laos on July 21-22, 2015.  She’ll be traveling with Catherine Russell, the U.S. ambassador-at-large for Global Women’s Issues and will engage government and civil society partners on issues related to economic empowerment and educational opportunities for women and girls. This ...
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United States Supports Anti-Wildlife Trafficking Training

On July 6, the Lao PDR’s Environmental Police Department, under the Ministry of Public Security, will participate in an intensive Advanced Analyst Course on Wildlife and Timber Trafficking sponsored by United States and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime. The course strengthens law enforcement capacity to carry out strategic analysis of wildlife smuggling cases, ...
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United States Celebrates Independence Day

The U.S. Embassy celebrated 239 years of American independence at its annual Independence Day event on July 2, 2015.  Minister for the Government Office Sommad Pholsena and Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs Sounthone Xayachack were guests of honor and officially represented the Lao PDR at the event.  Over 500 additional guests joined the Embassy staff on ...
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United States Supports One Health Symposium

The fourth annual One Health Symposium was held June 29-30 in Champasack province.  This year, the primary objectives of the meeting were to strengthen coordination and collaboration between multi-disciplinary sectors, improve International Health Regulation (IHR) Core Capacity, and facilitate information sharing through research, projects, and outbreak investigations. Participants included provincial focal points for animal-human health ...
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Lao American Alumni Overseas Student Club (LAO-SC) Holds Alumni Networking Event

More than 100 alumni from U.S. Exchange Programs shared their experiences during the Fifth Annual Lao American Alumni Overseas Student Club (LAO-SC) networking event at the Lao Plaza Hotel in Vientiane on June 20, 2015.  The theme of the event was “Connecting and Sharing.” Mr. Paul Mayer, Charge d’Affaires of the Embassy of the United ...
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United States Announces $15 Million Assistance Package for the Lao UXO Sector

The United States is strengthening its commitment to the UXO sector in Laos by increasing its total assistance for Laos’ UXO sector to $15 million this year.  U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Russel announced the new assistance during the annual U.S.-Lao PDR Comprehensive Bilateral Dialogue, which took place in Washington, D.C. on June 19.  ...
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United States and Lao PDR Conclude Successful Bilateral Dialogue

The United States and Lao PDR completed their sixth Comprehensive Bilateral Dialogue on June 19 in Washington, D.C.  The Comprehensive Bilateral Dialogue is held each year, rotating between Vientiane and Washington, D.C.  The Lao delegation met with U.S. officials from the Department of State, Department of Defense, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, USAID, and ...
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Lao Graduate Students Headed to United States

Four outstanding Lao students will travel to the United States this year to pursue Master’s degrees under the U.S. State Department’s prestigious Fulbright Scholarship 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 to make ...
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US Ambassador Clune Visits Saysomboun and Vientiane Provinces.

Ambassador of the United States Daniel A. Clune traveled to Saysomboun and Vientiane Provinces from May 13-15 to meet with government officials and visit the Phu Bia Mine and local schools.  In Saysomboun, Ambassador Clune visited Long Cheng District primary and secondary school, where he donated over 600 books, various school supplies, and athletic equipment. ...
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U.S. Ambassador Opens Week-Long Workshop on Combatting Corruption

On Monday, May 18, U.S. Ambassador Daniel Clune and Government Inspection and Anti-Corruption Authority (GIAA) Vice President Bounsome Sangsomsak opened a week-long training workshop for GIAA officials at the Khampaseuth Hotel in Vang Vieng.  The workshop brings together officials from all 18 of GIAA’s provincial offices and will focus on improving officials’ abilities to design ...
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The United States and World Education help people with disabilities

Today U.S. Ambassador to Lao PDR, Daniel Clune attended World Education’s signature ceremony of seven sub-grants totaling $1,575.000 million dollars to support four local and three international non-governmental organizations strengthen the disability sector and to provide direct assistance to some of the estimated 150,000 people in Lao PDR who live with a disability.  “The support ...
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U.S. and Laos Sponsor Wildlife Trafficking Workshop

The governments of the United States and Lao PDR are presenting a Multilateral Wildlife Trafficking Workshop in Vientiane from May 6-8.  The Workshop includes investigators and prosecutors from Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam.  Ambassador Daniel A. Clune of the U.S. Embassy in Vientiane and Director General Khamphout Phandanouvong of the Lao Department of ...
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Lao Students Learn About American Culture before Travelling to the United States

On March 16, 2015 the U.S. Embassy held a pre-departure orientation for six Lao high school students selected to participate in this year’s Southeast Asian Youth Leadership Program (SEAYLP).  The students learned about American culture, and heard from last year’s participants about what to expect during the exchange program. SEAYLP brings together youth from across ...
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Lao P.D.R. to Host Extraordinary Friends of the Lower Mekong Meeting in Pakse

The Lao People’s Democratic Republic will host the first-ever “Extraordinary Friends of the Lower Mekong” (XFLM) sub-cabinet level meeting Mekong sustainability in Pakse on February 2-3.  The two day conference will be co-chaired by H.E. Saleumxay Kommasith, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the Counselor of the U.S. Department of State, H.E.  Thomas A. Shannon.  ...
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The U.S. Supports Blood Safety for Ministry of Health, Lao Red Cross and the Lao People’s Army

The U.S. Embassy, in cooperation with the National Blood Transfusion Center (NBTC), and the Lao People’s Army, provided a four-day workshop on Pre-transfusion Testing for the Ministry of Health, Lao Red Cross and Lao People’s Army medical personnel from thirteen provinces. The workshop was conducted 26-29 January in Luang Prabang. This training was designed to ...
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United States, Brunei, and Laos Announce English Language Program for ASEAN Chairmanship

The United States, Brunei and Laos will provide English language training to Lao officials to help them prepare for Laos’ chairmanship of ASEAN in 2016.  U.S. Ambassador to the Lao PDR. Daniel A. Clune, Bruneian Ambassador to the Lao PDR. Emran Bahar, Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ ASEAN Department Mr. Phongsavanh Sisoulath, ...
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U.S. Re-Affirms Its Commitment to Laos in Opening Ceremony of New $145 Million Embassy

In an important symbol of the United States’ commitment and enduring relationship with the People’s Democratic Republic of Laos, U.S. Ambassador Daniel A. Clune, and State Department Undersecretary for Management Patrick Kennedydedicated the new $150 million American Embassy in Vientiane in a red, white and blue ceremony attended by representatives of the Lao government, media, ...
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U.S. Embassy Visits Sisattanak High School

U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Officer Matt Ference and Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Joshua Bernstein, currently teaching English at the National University of Laos, visited Sisattanak High School on November 25, 2014, where they discussed the U.S. education system and opportunities for Lao students to study in the United States.  They were joined by Ms. Bouakeo ...
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The U.S. Embassy Management section donates books to Faculty of Engineering Library

On October 23, 2014 the U.S. Embassy Management section collaborated with the Public Affairs Section to organize a book donation event at the Faculty of Engineering library. Than Sean Buckley administrative officer and Khammanh Phetkhounphone IRC Director, U.S. Embassy Vientiane handed over 600 books to the Faculty of Engineering library, valued at about $8000. These ...
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U.S. Gives Training to Gender Equality Practitioners

Government officials from six countries around the region, including Lao PDR, received a four-day training event as part of the  Asia-Pacific Leadership Program on Gender, Climate Change and REDD+’s Training Workshop Series, which began on Tuesday, Sept 23rd, at the Green Park Boutique Hotel in Vientiane. Instructors from USAID’s Low Emissions Asian Development (LEAD) and ...
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U.S. gives Intellectual Property Rights Training to Lao Customs

Lao Customs officials from both Lao Customs Department and Regional Customs Offices received a three-day training on Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Investigations, which begins on Wednesday September 17, at the Lao Plaza Hotel in Vientiane. The Instructors from the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Washington conducted the training, which included class-room exercises where ...
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Back-to-School Pizza Party for English Class Students

The Embassy hosted a back-to-school pizza party to wish students who have been studying English at the Information Resource Center (IRC) good luck on their return to school in September.  Deputy Chief of Mission Paul Mayer attended the party and encouraged the students to continue using their English skills to improve their own lives and ...
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Presentation for Lao Students: College Life in the USA

The U.S. Embassy Vientiane hosted an event for Lao students about college life in the United States, given by Megan O’Brien, a student intern at the embassy. Over 60 high school and college students attended the event, which was held at the American Corner at Lao-American College. Students learned about the American college classroom, living on ...
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Students debate on topic: “Is Gender Equality Possible?”

On August 8th, 2014, teams of English students gathered at the Lao-American College to participate in the 2nd annual debate sponsored by U.S. Embassy Vientiane on the topic, “Is Gender Equality Possible?” Students from the Faculty of Letters at the National University of Laos, the Lao-American College, Vientiane High School, and the Finance and Banking ...
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U.S. Assists in Ending Tropical Diseases

On August 5, 2014, representatives from the Ministry of Health and the U.S. Embassy participated in a trachoma survey conducted in Ban NongKok, Bachiang District, Champasak Province. Trachoma is an infection that usually inflicts children ages 1-9 and, if left untreated, can lead to permanent blindness. As part of a five year long program funded ...
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Exceptional Lao Students Headed to the United States

Eight exceptional Lao students met with U.S. Ambassador to the Lao P.D.R. Daniel A. Clune, and Public Affairs Officer Pam DeVolder to discuss their upcoming travel to the United States as part of two U.S. State Department student exchange programs. During their meeting, Ambassador Clune congratulated the group on their selection to each program, and ...
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Lao Graduate Students Headed to United States

Four outstanding Lao students will travel to the United States this year to pursue Master’s degrees under the U.S. State Department’s prestigious Fulbright Scholarship 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 to make ...
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U.S. Embassy Conducts Education and English Language Outreach in Xieng Khouang

Representatives from the U.S. Embassy in Vientiane team travelled to Xieng Khouang Province this week where they gave presentations on education and English language workshops with students and faculty from schools and colleges around Phonesavanh.  Deputy Public Affairs Officer Ken Kosakowski met with officials from Phonesavanh High School, the Vocation School of Xieng Khouang, and ...
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U.S. Provides District Hospitals in Bolikhamxay and Khammouane Provinces

The United States Embassy and United States Pacific Command (USPACOM) formally presented two new District Hospitals to the following two districts: Viengthong District, Bolikhamxay Province and Xaibuathong District, Khammouane Province. The handover ceremonies were held on May 15, 2014 in Bolikhamxay Province and on May 16, 2014 in Khammouane Province. These projects are new district ...
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Art in Embassies Exhibition Opens at U.S. Ambassador’s Residence

U.S. Ambassador to the Lao P.D.R. Daniel A. Clune, and his wife Mrs. Judy Clune welcomed Lao artists, government officials, and members of the diplomatic community to their residence on May 13, to officially open the U.S. Art in Embassies (AIE) weaving exhibition at the U.S. Ambassador’s residence in Vientiane.   The exhibition features blankets, tapestries, ...
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The Lao PDR and the USA Launch New Trade Development Project

Senior officials of the Ministry of Industry and Commerce (MOIC), the US Embassy, and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) today formally launched the second “Lao PDR – U.S. International and ASEAN Integration Project” (LUNA II) that aims to promote investment to create more jobs through supporting the  implementation of the country’s trade and ...
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U.S. to Assist Lao PDR in H7N9 Avian Influenza Surveillance

With the emergence of H7N9 in Guanxi province in China, the Ministry of Health in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) have designed a comprehensive surveillance program for the H7N9 influenza virus in Northern provinces of Laos.  To support development and ...
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United States Ambassador Sees Historic Cooperation, Economic Progress in Savannakhet Province

U.S. Ambassador Daniel A. Clune travelled to Savannakhet Province from February 12-17, in order to visit American projects in the province and to witness the economic growth and social development of the area.   He met with Governor Souphanh Keomexay during the visit, and the two exchanged views on increasing investment and trade in the fast-growing ...
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Lao PDR Hosts Lower Mekong Initiative Regional Working Group

The Government of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic hosted over 90 delegates from Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand, Viet Nam, the United States and the ASEAN Secretariat on March 20-21, 2014 for the 6th Lower Mekong Initiative Regional Working Group Meeting.  The Lower Mekong Initiative is a multinational forum for addressing trans-boundary policy and development challenges in ...
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Final LMI English Seminar Kicks off in Laos

The U.S. Embassy and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Institute for International Affairs opened the sixth and final of six seminars aimed at improving the English skills of Lao officials working on health, environment, and infrastructure issues. U.S. Ambassador to the Lao P.D.R. Daniel A. Clune and Director General of the Institute of Foreign Affairs, ...
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U.S. Government Announces Increased Alternative Development Assistance for Laos during Fifth U.S.-Laos Comprehensive Bilateral Dialogue

The United States and the Lao People’s Democratic Republic met for the Fifth U.S.-Laos Comprehensive Bilateral Dialogue at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on February 3, 2014.  Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Scot Marciel and Vice Foreign Minister of Laos Bounkeut Sangsomsak co-chaired the meeting.  The dialogue provided ...
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U.S. Highlights Assistance in Environmental Sector

For the first time since arriving in the Lao PDR, United States Ambassador Daniel A. Clune met with H.E. Mr. Noulinh Sindbandhit, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE).  In the meeting, Ambassador Clune gave Mr. Sindbandhit an overview of U.S. assistance programs in the environmental sector.  Currently, the United States has 13 projects in ...
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Staff Delegation from United States Congress Visits Laos

Two staff members from the U.S. Congress House Foreign Affairs Committee visited Vientiane from January 22 to 24 to meet with senior Lao government officials and development partners to discuss wildlife trafficking.  Mr. Worku Gachou and Mr. Brent Woolfork used their visit to learn about the status of Lao efforts to counter transnational wildlife trafficking.  ...
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Fourth LMI English Seminar Closes in Vientiane

The U.S. Embassy and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Institute for International Affairs concluded the fourth of six planned seminars aimed at improving the English skills of Lao officials working on health, environment, and infrastructure issues. Deputy Public Affairs Officer of the U.S. Embassy to the Lao P.D.R. Kenneth Kosakowski and Deputy Director General of ...
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Lao Students Learn from the Education USA Team

Prior to hitting the road to the Southern provinces, the Education USA team held an information event on Friday October 25, 2013, at the Information Resource Center (IRC) in U.S. Embassy Vientiane.  The presentation was given by Deputy Public Affairs Officer Ken Kosakowski to a group of 30 undergraduate students, who expressed interest in study ...
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Lao Students Learn about U.S. University Admissions

On October 30, 2013, at the Information Resource Center, U.S. Embassy Vientiane, Laos organized the second Education USA presentation of the month. The presentation was given by Amy Jarich, Assistant Vice Chancellor and Director of Admissions at the University of California; Berkeley.  Ms. Jarich spoke generally about the U.S. university admissions process, and gave details ...
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Education USA Connects with Youth at Dance Festival

On November 23, 2013, the Education USA team from U.S. Embassy Vientiane, participated in a exhibition at the 3rd Annual FongLao Mekong Dance festival.  The festival was organized by Fang Lao Company, and more than 100 visitors visited the embassy’s booth. At the Education USA booth, students were able to read educational materials, and talk ...
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The American Reading Corner Expands in Luang Prabang

An opening ceremony celebrating the expansion of the American Reading Corner in Luang Prabang was held on December 9, 2013 at the Luang Prabang provincial library. U.S. Ambassador to Laos Daniel A. Clune, Public Affairs Officer Pam DeVolder, and Mr. Ounchanh Souvannalith head of Information Culture and Tourism department in Luang prabang province, as well ...
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One Year Anniversary of Lao Civil Society Leader Sombath Somphone’s Disappearance

Sombath Somphone, one of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic’s most respected civil society figures, was abducted on the evening of December 15, 2012 from a Lao police checkpoint in Vientiane.  Today marks the one-year anniversary of this deplorable event, which was recorded on Lao Government surveillance cameras.  The United States remains deeply concerned over Sombath’s ...
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United States Offers Provides Disaster Relief to the Philippines

On November 8, Typhoon Haiyan—known as Yolanda in the Philippines—made landfall in the central Philippines, bringing strong winds and heavy rains that have resulted in flooding, landslides, and widespread damage. In response to the storm, the U.S. Government announced $20 million in humanitarian assistance, including emergency food aid and critical relief supplies for disaster-affected areas. ...
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Government Shutdown

The Federal Government of the United States of America is currently in a Lapse of Appropriations period starting October 1. The United States Embassy in Vientiane remain open for consular services, including services to American citizens and visa processing.  Appointments for visa services and American Citizen Services will take place as scheduled. We will update this notice ...
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Information Resource Center Hosts Back to School Party

On September 30, 2013, the IRC organized a “Back to School” party for Lao students who spent their summer studying English at the IRC.  More than 60 students, teachers and staff attended.  During the party, the students had many opportunities to practice their English with Embassy Officers including Ambassador Clune.   The Ambassador spoke to the ...
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