AustCham Lao Newsletter August

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It has been another busy month for AustCham. The team and I have been busy organizing the Annual Ball, and preparations are looking great. Tickets are selling out fast and if you would like to attend, then I encourage you to purchase a ticket quickly!

We were also very happy be able to hold a Sundowner, hosted by AustCham Sponsor the Australian Embassy at the Australian Embassy Recreation Club. It was a great event and it was fantastic to see so many members and Australian Alumni at the event. The Sundowner was also the perfect event for AustCham to launch our new membership category for Australian Alumni. There is some more information about this later on in the newsletter.

Finally, it has been excellent to see so many of our members renewing their membership for another year. We have also had some new members join us and I hope to see more members joining us in the coming months. I am looking forward to engaging with you all over the next year and building on our previous successes.
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AustCham Lao is pleased to announce an exclusive new membership package for Australian Alumni! We are looking for Australian Alumni to join AustCham Lao in the newly created membership tier of ‘Alumni Member’.

Alumni Members will receive all the perks of individual membership, but at a heavily discounted rate. This includes complimentary tickets to all our networking events, and discounted member rates to our training courses, seminars, workshops, and breakfast briefings. Grow your professional network by joining the oldest and most prestigious foreign chamber of commerce in Laos!

Email us at or visit the AustCham webpage for more information
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Online Training: Project Management Essentials
Online Training: Project Management Essentials
In Lao Language


Sep 6 - 27, 2022

The success of any project, large or small, depends on well you manage it. How well you plan, how well you manage time, budget and resources, and how well you manage your stakeholders and your team along the way. To manage any kind of project well, you need to be an effective project manager. “Project Management Essentials” will provide you with a solid foundation for all of these skills.

Delivered online in Lao language over 4 x 2.5-hour modules, we’ll provide you with the key knowledge, skills and tools you need to manage any kind of project effectively, and the knowledge and tools to help you achieve success in any project. The 4 modules are delivered weekly and cover:

Module 1: The 5 phases of every project

  • What is project management and what a successful project achieves.
  • The skills and characteristics of the best project managers.
  • The 3 cornerstones and 5 phases of very project.
  • Why estimation is difficult and how to make better estimates.
  • The iron triangle of project management and the 3 constraints every project manager needs to consider.

Module 2: Project initiation and planning

  • The challenges in project management and how to overcome them.
  • Identifying stakeholders and stakeholder requirements.
  • Defining project scope accurately.
  • Project Charters, BOSCARDS – and how to know what your project needs.
  • The key project planning tools every project manager needs to master.
  • Budgeting and budget estimates.

Module 3: Managing Stakeholders and Teams

  • Planning for project quality.
  • Logframes and Monitoring and evaluation tools.
  • Tools and techniques for resource planning.
  • Planning for project communication.
  • Kicking off the project with the team.
  • Techniques for successful project execution.

Module 4: Delivering a Successful Project

  • Using stakeholder mapping to manage stakeholders effectively.
  • Managing a project from beginning to end.
  • A simple technique for better decision-making.
  • Strategies for project handover and closure.
  • The 5 steps in identifying and applying lessons learned.

By the end of this course participants will be able to:

  • Understand the key phases of a project and what needs to happen in each one;
  • Apply project management techniques to gain better control of time, budget, risk and quality in projects of all kinds;
  • Use key project management tools, including Gantt Chart, Work Breakdown Structure, BOSCARD, Logframe, and RACI Matrix;
  • Manage stakeholders and teams effectively throughout the project;
  • Follow key closing steps including handover, reporting and capturing lessons learned.

Who should attend:

  • Anyone leading or managing projects of any kind in the private sector, government or NGOs.
  • mSME owners who want to deliver better project results for their businesses.
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AustCham Lao Annual Ball
AustCham Lao Annual Ball
A Night in the Australian Outback


Sep 17, 2022
(6 PM - 11:55 PM)


Crowne Plaza Vienti...
Vientiane, Vientiane Pr...

Please join us for A Night in the Australian Outback in the Crowne Plaza Grand Ballroom on the 17th of September from 6:00 pm until midnight.

After two long years of covid, border closures, lockdowns, alcohol bans, and event restrictions, it is finally time to celebrate a return to normality. AustCham Lao returns to its roots with a celebration of the Australian Outback. Join us in celebrating as we say “Goodbye Covid, Hello Outback”.

The theme for this year's event is "Goodbye Covid, Hello Outback" so make sure to dress up in your finest outback inspired costume. From rugged landscapes to native flora and fauna, from Crocodile Dundee to Ned Kelly, from the work of May Gibbs to the characters of Dorothy Wall, from Kingsford Smith to Burke and Wills, the inspiration for your costume is limited only by your imagination.

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Past Mate to Mate Interviews
Watch last month's episodes of MATE to MATE, AustCham's topical interview series. 
Mate to Mate 'Embedding Sustainability in Organizational Culture' with Souvanane Keothammavong (Jip), Head of Sustainability at Mekong Timber Plantations. We hear from her about what strategies Mekong Timber Plantations is putting in place for Embedding Sustainability in Organizational Culture.

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Mate to Mate 'Engaging and Empowering Staff’ with Viengsapha INTHASACK, HR & Admin Manager at Coca-Cola . We will hear from him about what strategies Lao Coca – Cola Bottling Co., Ltd is putting in place for ‘Engaging and Empowering Staff’.

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August Sundowner
August Sundowner
On Wednesday the 10th of August the Australian Embassy, an AustCham Sponsor, hosted our monthly Sundowner networking event at the Australian Embassy Recreation Club. It was a great event and it was fantastic to see so many members and Australian Alumni at the event.

AustCham would like to thank the Embassy team for their hard work in organizing such a great event, and a special thanks to our Patron, His Excellency Paul Kelly, for his continued support of AustCham Lao.
Welcome to our new member Krungsri Leasing Services Company Limited
Welcome to our new member  Krungsri Leasing Services Company Limited
AustCham Lao is pleased to welcome their new member, Krungsri Leasing. Krungsri Leasing started operations in Laos in 2014, providing different types of loans such as car loans and general loans while providing industry leading customer service.
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AustCham Lao is pleased to welcome their new member, The Green. The Green is an eco-friendly farming company that runs poultry businesses with small scale farmers. They are a social enterprise and have integrated social values that contribute to a stable life through the providing stable income for small scale farmers. The Green strictly observes best international practices and raises chickens under the guidance of professional veterinarians who monitor conditions including use of antibiotics, grazing, breeding, and overall animal welfare. The Green aims to create healthy rural areas in Laos and produce healthy food that everyone can trust and eat.
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Check out the latest from Crowne Plaza
Check out the latest from Crowne Plaza

Elevate your lunch break experience to the next level with our newest lunch set menu! Come and experience these mouthwatering Indochina cuisines infused with western culinary tricks for extraordinary flavours & taste!

  • Entrée and Main Course or Main Course and Dessert: 89,000 Kip
  • Entrée, Main Course and Dessert: 119,000 Kip
  • Entrée, Main Course and Dessert + One Glass of Wine: 160,000 Kip
  • Red or White Wine by the glass: 45,000 Kip net
Location: 3 Merchants | Crowne Plaza Vientiane | Ground Floor
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ເປີດໂຕຜະລິດຕະພັນໃໝ່- ວາຍ SIEGEL Family Wines

The NEW - SIEGEL Family Wines- is finally here!

We are excited to announce that we are launching our new range of wines from Chile under the brand of SIEGEL WINES.

Siegel is located in the stunning Colchagua Valley, the very heart of the renowned Chilean wine region. Currently, Viña Siegel has more than 700 hectares planted with vineyards distributed in seven lands.

The Siegel wines has won international recognition and accolades for their outstanding quality, taste and affordability. The wines are produced with great care towards protecting the environment as well as conserving the natural surroundings of the Chilean lands.

Do visit our website at - for more information

ພວກເຮົາຮູ້ສຶກຕື່ນເຕັ້ນທີ່ຈະແຈ້ງໃຫ້ທຸກຄົນຊາບວ່າ, ພວກເຮົາຈະຈໍາໜ່າຍຜະລິດຕະພັນ ວາຍ ໃໝ່ ຈາກ ປະເທດຊິລີ ພາຍໃຕ້ແບຣນ SIEGEL WINES.

Siegel ຕັ້ງຢູ່ພູເຂົາໂຄຊາກົວ ທີ່ງົດງາມ ເຊິ່ງເປັນສູນກາງຂອງພາກພື້ນວາຍທີ່ມີຊື່ສຽງຂອງ ປະເທດ ຊິລີ. ປະຈຸບັນ, Siegel ມີພື້ນທີ່ປູກວາຍຫຼາຍກວ່າ 700ເຮັກຕາ ແລະ ມີໄຮ່ອາງຸ່ນກະຈາຍຢູ່ໃນ 7 ເຂດແດນ.

ວາຍ Siegel ໄດ້ຮັບການຍອມຮັບຈາກພາຍໃນ ແລະ ໄດ້ຮັບການຍ້ອງຍໍໃນດ້ານຄຸນນະພາບ, ລົດຊາດ ແລະ ສາມາດເຂົ້າເຖິງໄດ້ຢ່າງໂດດເດັ່ນ. ວາຍດັ່ງກ່າວຖືກຜະລິດຂຶ້ນມາດ້ວຍຄວາມເອົາໃຈໃສ່ເປັນພິເສດ ຕໍ່ກັບການປົກປ້ອງສິ່ງແວດລ້ອມ ຕະຫຼອດເຖິງການອະນຸລັກສະພາບແວດລ້ອມທາງທໍາມະຊາດຂອງດິນແດນຊິລີ.

ນີ້ແມ່ນກຸ່ມຜະລິດຕະພັນທີ່ພວກເຮົາຄັດເລືອກມາເພື່ອຈໍາໜ່າຍໃນ ສປປ ລາວ.

ສາມາດເຂົ້າເບິ່ງລາຍລະອຽດ ແລະ ສັ່ງຊື້ຜະລິດຕະພັນວາຍໃໝ່ຜ່ານຊ່ອງທາງຮ້ານຈໍາໜ່າຍວາຍອອນລາຍຂອງພວກເຮົາທີ່ -
The New Range Rover Unveiled in Laos at Exclusive Event
The New Range Rover Unveiled in Laos at Exclusive Event
Jaguar Land Rover Laos unveiled the New Range Rover at the Lao National Convention Hall in Vientiane Capital on 15 July.

The event was opened by Mr. Wayne McIntosh, Automotive Managing Director, and Mr. Biju Narayanan, General Manager of Jaguar Land Rover Lao, in the presence of government officials and dignitaries.

The modern technology and capabilities of the New Range Rover were presented by Mrs. Outhith Siphandone, Sales Manager of Jaguar Land Rover Lao.
The Range Rover is the original luxury SUV and has led by example for 50 years, combining serene comfort and composure with all-conquering capability. The New Range Rover is the most desirable yet, effortlessly combining breathtaking modernity and aesthetic grace with technological sophistication and seamless connectivity, yet retaining the uniqueness of Land Rover to ensure every trip is full of fun and happiness.

In Laos, a full-service Land Rover distributorship began operating in 2009 with a knowledgeable team of experts to advise and offer support, with Jaguar being added into the mix in 2013.

The uptake in the Lao market seems very promising, as you can see on the road, Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles are dominating in the market segment. We have sold over 1200 vehicles so far and we expect to capture even more of the premium market share in the future.
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The 3rd tranche of the funding agreement between BFL & LHSE
The 3rd tranche of the funding agreement between BFL & LHSE
On July 19th, 2022, our Silver Sponsor, Banque Franco Lao Ltd (BFL) signed the 3rd tranche of the funding agreement with Lao Holding State Enterprise (LHSE), to provide an additional USD7 million to finance strategic developments of the Lao PDR.

Following the largely successful of a second tranche financing last June, this 3rd tranche agreement between BFL and LHSE represents a significant achievement in their cooperation with the aim of supporting and strengthening the financial capacity to continue to develop the energy sector of Laos through sustainable, long term financial solution.

BFL is a full commercial bank providing companies with a complete range of financing and transactional solutions. BFL is committed to support our customers with growth potential as well as play a pivotal role to drive Laos's economic growth. BFL already participated in major projects financing in the Lao PDR in different sectors such as energy, industry, real estate, and hospitality.

“We are proud of our contribution to the local economy, and we will continue to do our best to finance its development in the coming decades. We are part of the 17th banking group in the world, and Laos has a particular significance as it is the first country in Southeast Asia where our group invested, before Thailand, Cambodia or Myanmar. In this regard, the financing agreement with LHSE perfectly meets our goals as we know that the energy sector in Laos is full of potential, not only in hydro but also in renewable energies.” – Mr. Bounmy, the Deputy Managing Director of BFL said.
Job Opportunity with Phongsavanh Insurance (APA)
Job Opportunity with Phongsavanh Insurance (APA)
As our business is growing, we’re looking for passionate and energetic people to join the team and help shaping the future of Phongsavanh Insurance (APA) in the following positions:

Insurance Sales Consultants

Underwriting Staff

See more details at:

If you're interested, please send your CV to or for more information, please contact us
via inbox or

Closing date for applications: 31st August 2022.
Blood donation event
Blood donation event
On 15th July 2022 at ITECC Mall 4th floor, Phongsavanh Insurance (APA) Co., Ltd team collaborated with the National Blood Transfusion Center-Lao Red Cross and Lao Women’s Union to give away free “Personal Accident Insurance” and some small gifts for participants at the event on the occasion of Lao Women’s Union Day 67th Anniversary. We would like to express our gratitude to all participants for donating blood to help society together with us during this difficult time.

“Personal Accident Insurance” which covers the individual 24/7 and reimburses medical costs caused by accidents, with a maximum coverage of up to LAK 5,000,000 for 01 year period. This project started since November 1, 2021 for 1,000 donors.

However, for this event we provided extra free Personal Accident Insurance and give for all of blood donors registered that day.

“Let’s Donate Blood Together”
Donate Blood = Save Life.

For more information, please contact us via 1677
Facebook page: Phongsavanh Insurance APA
Laos won 4 Bronze Medals in USA
Laos won 4 Bronze Medals in USA
Six promising students from the International School of Laos brought pride and honour to themselves, their families, their school and Laos as they took home four bronze medals and two honourable awards from the USA Copernicus International Olympiad held recently in New York City, USA.

The Olympiad was attended by 1,531 students from 26 countries.
The Bronze Awards were won by Nonthakan Thipphavong, Soutsakhone Vixathip, Xayyalath Rasphone and Yod A Nanh Barnchit, while Honourable Mention went to Alisa Douangkeomany and Thanaxap Thipphavong.

The Principal of the International School of Laos, Mr Ulvi Shirinov, said "We thank our teachers, especially Teacher Hikmet Saidzoda, who tirelessly supervised our students during the preparation and the actual competition. We also give our sincerest gratitude to the parents of our students who supported this worthwhile endeavour.”
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Digital Maturity Assesment- Lao PDR
Digital Maturity Assesment- Lao PDR
Over the past years, there have been many digital or ICT related projects and initiatives implemented by individual ministries or government agencies at different levels.

However, there was still a lack of strategic and holistic view to understand the current state of digital government development in Lao PDR.

Therefore, the Ministry of Technology and Communications together with UNDP, had conducted this Digital Maturity Assessment or DMA which is a strategic diagnosis on digital readiness of systems, services and digital capacities to achieve digital transformation agenda of the Government of Lao PDR.
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Three ways a strong dollar impacts emerging markets
Three ways a strong dollar impacts emerging markets
The US dollar is on a tear, strengthening around 11% since the start of the year and – for the first time in two decades – reaching parity with the Euro.
Indeed, an overwhelming number of major currencies have depreciated against the dollar, with big implications for the developing world. Given the slew of headlines, I wanted to outline some of the key impacts that a strong dollar has on emerging markets (EMs).
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Asia in Focus: Clean Air and the Business and Human Rights Agenda
Asia in Focus: Clean Air and the Business and Human Rights Agenda
In recent years, a rich dialogue has emerged in Asia on the impact of business operations on human rights and the environment. According to experts, an estimated 92% of the population in the Asia-Pacific region is exposed to unhealthy levels of air pollution, putting people, livelihoods, and economies at risk. The current report, ‘Asia in Focus: Clean Air and the Business and Human Rights Agenda,’ provides an overview of the current state of air pollution in the region and makes recommendations for policy action, taking inspiration from the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. The report is developed by UNDP in partnership with the European Union and written in collaboration with Economist Impact. The report is supplemented by a webcast series and interactive digital platform by the same name.
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