The Australian Embassy, located in the capital of Vientiane, offers a comprehensive range of services to Australian citizens, administers the Australian development assistance program to Laos, provides advice to Australian businesses, manages the formal bilateral relationship between Australia and Laos and provides a visa service for people in Laos planning to travel to Australia. (Link Travel Advice for Laos)
Women’s Leadership Executive Development and Mentoring Program Begins
Twenty five Australian alumni started the first module of the new 15-month Women’s Leadership Executive Development and Mentoring Program on Friday 27 July. Over three days, the participants got to know each other and developed a leadership project to be implemented in their workplace under the guidance of the University of Sydney Business School.
They were also given an opportunity to meet recent graduates of the Laos Australia National Scholarships (LANS) from the National University of Laos, who will soon be starting their own training under the Women’s Leadership Next Generation program. Participants in both programs will be provided with career guidance, coaching and mentoring to help them progress in the workplace, as part of Australia’s Investing in Women’s Leadership Initiative. Our Senior Gender Equality Specialist, Annemarie Reerink, delivered opening remarks for the program (Read here ).
Lao PDR and Australia Extend Human Rights Cooperation
Australia and the Lao PDR have agreed to deepen bilateral cooperation on human rights through a new four-year program launched in Vientiane on 18 July. Under the new AUD815,000 (LAK 5.2 billion) program, which will run until March 2021, Australia will provide practical support to the Lao Government to meet its international human rights commitments. (Read more English and Lao)
Laos and Australia review development progress
The Lao PDR-Australia Portfolio Review Meeting was held on 30 June to discuss progress of Lao-Australian development cooperation. In 2016-17, Australia provided AUD40.7 million in Official Development Assistance to the Lao PDR, and this will increase to AUD42.3 million in 2017-18. (Read more)
Australia expands support to end violence against women and girls
Australia’s Ambassador to the Lao PDR today announced an expansion of its partnership with CARE and the Lao Women’s Union to challenge attitudes and raise awareness of the problem of violence against women and girls. (Read more)