ESCAP Executive Secretary Strengthens Development Partnership with Lao People's Democratic Republic

23 Apr 2019

On 22-23 April, ESCAP Executive Secretary Armida Alisjahbana visited Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR) for a series of meetings with government officials.

The purpose of the visit was to strengthen ESCAP’s partnership with the country and explore opportunities for expanding collaboration and cooperation between ESCAP and the government of Lao PDR. Ms. Alisjahbana’s mission to Lao PDR is part of her series of official visits to ESCAP member States.

The Executive Secretary held a productive meeting with Lao PDR Foreign Minister H.E. Saleumxay Kommasith discussing issues related to Least Developed Countries graduation and issues pertinent to Asia’s Landlocked Developing Countries.

The Executive Secretary met with H.E. Mr. Somdee Duangdee, Lao PDR Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance sharing views on development finance and implementation of the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development.

In a bilateral meeting with H.E. Souphan Keomixay, Lao PDR Minister of Planning and Investment, Ms. Alisjahbana exchanged views on the role of statistics, trade and investment in accelerating progress towards the SDGs in the region.

During her visit, the Executive Secretary took the opportunity to discuss Lao PDR’s participation in the upcoming 75th session of the Commission on 27-31 May 2019 in Bangkok. Her meetings with senior ministers reaffirmed Lao PDR and ESCAP’s strong commitment to regional cooperation for the SDGs.

Ms. Alisjahbana also met with colleagues from the United Nations Country Team in Lao PDR during her two-day visit.

Towards the end of her mission, the Executive Secretary visited COPE Laos to exchange views on support for persons with disabilities and survivors of unexploded ordnances (UXO). COPE Laos is a local non-profit organization who assist persons with disabilities access affordable, quality healthcare supported by the Lao Ministry of Health. Prevalence of UXOs remains a challenge to the achievement of the SDGs in Lao PDR.