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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)
The Hon Christopher Pyne MP, Australia’s Minister for Education and Leader of the House, visited Lao PDR from 11 to 12 September 2014
Australia’s Minister and Leader of the House Christopher Pyne, participated in the 2nd East Asia Summit Education Ministers Meeting held in Vientiane on 12 September 2014.
Photo credit: Jeff Williams
The Hon Julie Bishop, Australian Foreign Minister, visited Lao PDR from 4 to 5 July 2014
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop met with H.E. Mr Thongsing Thammavong, Prime Minister of Lao PDR at the Government Office in Vientiane on 5 July.
Photo credit: Bart Verweij
If you would like to see more photos of the Foreign Minister’s visit, please click here to view the photo gallery.
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop is greeted by teachers at Hom Neua Primary School. Photo credit: Bart Verweij
If you would like to read Ms Julie Bishop's speech for a joint announcement of the Australian Basic Education Program, please click here to read her speech.
Australia's Ministers for Foreign Affairs and Trade outline the Government's foreign and trade policy agenda and priorities. Click here to watch the video
Australia supports an end to violence against women
The Australian Embassy and CARE International today launched a campaign entitled “Standing Up, Speaking Out: Lao men saying no to violence” a program targeted at initiating cultural change to eliminate violence against women.
White Ribbon Day, or the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, is a poignant reminder of the devastating impact that violence has on the lives of women, children and communities across the globe. Read more >>
25 November 2014
Ending Violence Against Women – a Call to Men
Today, 25 November, the world marks White White Ribbon Day - the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.
This is a day that heralds 16 days of global activism to eradicate violence against women and their children - one of the world’s most odious and prevalent human rights abuses. Read more in English / Lao >>
21 November 2014
Asia Pacific Rainforest Summit in Sydney on 12 November 2014
H.E. Mr Noulinh Sinbandith, Lao Minister for Natural Resources and Environment, meets H.E. Mr Greg Hunt MP, Australia’s Environment Minister, at the 12 November Asia Pacific Rainforest Summit in Sydney, where Ministers discussed practical solutions to reduce rainforest loss across the region.
18 November 2014
G20 Brisbane outcomes – good for global growth
Australia’s Ambassador to the Lao PDR said developed and developing countries alike stood to benefit from the measures agreed at the weekend’s G20 Summit in Brisbane.
Leaders at the 15-16 November G20 Summit tabled a range of domestic economic reforms designed to lift GDP across the G20 economies by at least 2.1 per cent by 2018. Read more >>
18 November 2014
Australia-Lao clean water collaboration
A simple and versatile Australian technology, adapted for local use, is helping prevent disease and support local development by delivering clean, potable water for rural Lao communities.
The clean water initiative, led by Australian not-for-profit group Abundant Water, is also empowering communities to better manage their water and sanitation needs, strengthening the culture of research and development in the Lao PDR, and providing vital work for the Lao pottery industry. Read more in English / Lao >>
7 November 2014
74 New Australian Scholarships for Provincial Lao Students
Australia’s Ambassador to the Lao PDR, John Williams, today announced scholarships for 74 Lao high school graduates from disadvantaged regions to study at the National University of Laos.
4 November 2014
Australia Supports Lao Competition Law
As part of its programs to promote regional economic integration, Australia is supporting the development of an effective competition law in the Lao PDR, to strengthen the competitiveness of the Lao economy.
Australian Ambassador John Williams today joined Vice Minister for Industry and Commerce, H.E. Bounmy Manivong, to open a workshop on competition law for Lao trade and economic officials in Vientiane. Read more in English / Lao >>
3 November 2014
Request for Submission of Capacity Statement for Basic Education Quality and Access in Lao PDR (BEQUAL) NGO/NPA Consortium - Guidelines and Templates. Read more >>
29 October 2014
Australian Embassy staff raise $11,000 for Children’s Hospital
Australia’s Ambassador to the Lao PDR today handed over a cheque for more than US$11,000 (around LAK 90 million) to help build a new children’s hospital in Luang Prabang.
The donation was the result of extensive private fund raising by a group of 25 Embassy staff and family members who competed in the 12 October Luang Prabang half marathon. Read more in Englilsh / Lao >>
20 October 2014
Australian Embassy’s sporting exploits
Australian Embassy staff in Vientiane participated in two prominent sporting activities in mid October in Vientiane and Luang Prabang provinces.
On 9 October, several Embassy staff, including Ambassador John Williams, lined up with representatives from ASEAN Embassies in Vientiane, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ ASEAN Directorate and riparian and international staff from the Mekong River Commission (MRC) to compete in the annual boat race festival on the Mekong River. Read more>>
16 October 2014
A commemoration for the victims of the Pakse plane crash was held at Australian Embassy Recreational Facility on 16 October 2014. The simple and private commemoration was organized on the one year anniversary of the crash, and was attended by friends and families of the victims, representatives from the victims’ embassies, government officials and others from the Vientiane community.
14 October 2014
Australia launches new Interplast film - Rebuilding Bodies and Lives
Australian Ambassador John Williams and Minister of Public Health, H.E. Professor Dr Eksavang Vongvichit, today officially launched a documentary film to promote an Australian initiative to deliver reconstructive surgery to needy Lao people. Read more in Englilsh / Lao >>
Frequently Asked Questions from INGOs and NPAs for BEQUAL. Read more >>
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