Laos EMDAP: Business Adviser to Support Lao Chapter of the American Chamber of Commerce

Through the Emerging Markets Development Advisers Program (EMDAP), VEGA Member the Institute of International Education (IIE) is providing support to USAID and its partners.
  • Program Snapshot

  • Country: Laos
  • VEGA Lead Member: Institute of International Education (IIE)
  • Objective: To improve and support the capacity of the Lao Chapter of the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) and the Lao National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LNCCI) in Vientiane, Laos to create opportunities to promote trade between Lao PDR, ASEAN, and the U.S.
  • Volunteers: 1
  • Local Partners:

    Lao Chapter of the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM)

    Lao National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LNCCI)

  • Theme: Trade and Development, Local Capacity Development

The Business Adviser, Mr. Ravi Dutta, will support AMCHAM andLNCCI to strengthen the business and trade environment by designing public-private partnerships to promote the sustainability of economic development projects and longer term trade opportunities in Lao PDR. This 22 month assignment will enable Mr. Dutta to identify all existing forms of investment and development assistance and attend meetings with relevant actors in the Lao government, local and international NGOs, companies, foreign governments, and other stakeholders. The objectives of the assignment are as follows:

  • Improve the capacity and service delivery of the AMCHAM and LNCCI with the overarching goal of contributing to U.S.-Lao bilateral trade;
  • Draft a detailed work plan for how to utilize the offices of the AMCHAM, LNCCI, and other local NGOs to promote trade between Lao PDR, ASEAN, and the United States;
  • Draft a “doing-business guide” based on the 2013 U.S. Commercial Service Country Guide for Lao PDR that will be relevant to private companies, government agencies, and NGOs; and

Mr. Dutta Adviser will assist USAID in supporting the Government of Lao PDR to meet its obligations under the ASEAN Economic Community, and follow its strategy for economic growth and poverty reduction by providing research and recommendations on economic ties to promote trade between Lao PDR, ASEAN, and the United States. Targeted outcomes are as follows:

  • Through regular monitoring and support, coordinate with regional offices of public and private institutions in Lao PDR and ASEAN, as well as with institutions based in the United States to collect and share information that will help connect people and organizations that otherwise might not collaborate to form partnerships that will have a significant impact in Lao PDR;
  • AMCHAM in Lao PDR’s membership increases, bringing in additional resources and allowing the group to sustain and improve its position in Southeast Asia;
  • Policy papers and other communications related to business development and trade will be presented to AMCHAM, USAID, and other implementing/private sector partners to identify alliances; and
  • Hold events with businesses and market entrants about making educated decisions in doing business in Lao PDR.
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