Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) Evan Ryan, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Susan Stevenson and Lower Mekong Initiative Lead Officer Matt Yarrington met with a group of 17 young political leaders from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam at the start of their program at the U.S. Department of State on Thursday, March 6, 2014.
USAID's Grassroots Equity and Enhanced Networks in the Mekong Program recently released the second issue of its bi-annual newsletter that showcases news and views on social equity in forest-based climate change mitigation policy and highlights equity resources from the region and beyond.
English Language Fellow (EFL) teacher trainers, policy makers, English department deputy directors, and CEOs from ASEAN countries will meet in Bangkok to discuss the need for specific language instruction for LMI/ASEAN country professionals to assist them with improving their ability to communicate on a professional level. Lessons learned from the recently completed series of LMI ESP language seminars will be shared and provide a model for forging a path to planning such training in a systematic way for the various professions, industries and organizations represented.
The USAID Mekong Adaptation and Resilience to Climate Change project organized a two-day meeting in Bangkok, Thailand to focus on its technical approach to supporting community climate change adaptation in the Lower Mekong Basin.
Recognizing the importance of services trade liberalization for the successful formation of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) by 2015, the USAID’s ASEAN Connectivity through Trade and Investment (ACTI) project supported a workshop on Trade in Services Scheduling last month in Luang Prabang, Laos.
From April 1-5, Health Policy Project (HPP) facilitated the first country visit of the Technical Exchange on Gender and Health between the governments of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic and the Royal Government of Cambodia. The event included technical workshops, meetings between the delegates and Cambodian government officials, and site visits.
This project for economic development professionals, academics, economic journalists and policy makers will examine the legal, regulatory, and social infrastructure that encourages small and micro-businesses to flourish. The ten participants will explore and assess best practices, including micro-lending, red-tape reduction initiatives, one-stop shops, and incubators. They will explore the use of the Internet, mentoring, and other models to encourage small and start-up entrepreneurs. The project will include strategies to encourage women and disadvantaged groups.
On November 12-13, 2013, Lao Officials visited Thailand’s Ministry of Commerce Department of Foreign Trade for a study mission on Trade Remedies Procedures in order to gain perspective on drafting Lao legislation on trade remedies and to learn about the practical experience of how Thailand carries out trade-remedy investigations and applies trade remedies in practice.