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Lao Agriculture Atlas to help in decision-making towards SDGs

21.06.2018 — Press release Laos
The Atlas of Agriculture in the Lao PDR. Patterns and trends between 1999 and 2011 was presented today in Vientiane. The new atlas – the first of its kind – contains detailed data on changes in agricultural production in Laos. The atlas is intended to serve in planning, decision-making, policymaking, and implementation of sustainable agriculture and sustainable rural development. The atlas was created jointly by the Centre for Development and Environment (CDE) of the University of Bern and the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) in Laos. Funding was provided by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).


Switzerland supports Enhancing Nutrition in Lao PDR

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17.11.2017 — Press release Laos

Switzerland provides CHF 6.7 million for the first phase of the Enhancing Nutrition of Upland Farming Families (ENUFF) project in Lao PDR. The agreement was signed by H.E. Dr. Kikeo Chanthaboury, Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment and Mr. Tim Enderlin, Director of Cooperation for the Mekong Region of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.



Governance for Inclusive Development project agreement in Lao PDR

15.10.2017 — Press release Laos

The Government, in partnership with Switzerland, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), kicked off a programme today, aiming at strengthening service delivery that better responds to citizens’ needs.


Switzerland concludes a successful Land Governance Project in Laos

31.05.2017 — Press release Laos

A capitalization ceremony was held for the conclusion of Switzerland’s support to the Rights-LINk project on May 31 , 2016. In attendance for the event was Mr. Khamphone Lathsachak, Director General, Department of Agricultural Land Management; Mr. Tim Enderlin, Mekong Region Director of The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation; implementing project partner Mr. Richard Reece, Director, Village Focus International; representatives from the Government of Laos and members of the development community.



Switzerland Supports Agriculture and Forestry Education Reform in Lao PDR

06.03.2017 — Press release Laos

Switzerland provides CHF 5.1 million to third phase of the project for the Support to the Reform of the Agriculture and Forestry Colleges in Lao PDR (SURAFCO). A respective agreement was signed by H.E. Dr. Phouang Parisak Pravongviengkham, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Forestry and Mr. Tim Enderlin, Director of Cooperation for the Mekong Region of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). The renewed funding contributes to the development of skilled human resources needed to promote the modernisation of the agricultural and forestry sector in Lao PDR.


Switzerland Supports the Poverty Reduction Fund in Lao PDR

14.12.2016 — Press release Laos

Switzerland agrees to contribute CHF 18 million to the Poverty Reduction Fund (PRF) to Lao PDR. Mr. Tim Enderlin, Director of Cooperation for the Mekong Region of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and Mrs. Thipphakone Chanthavongsa, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Finance formalized the agreement during the Round Table Implementation Meeting in Vientiane Province on the 25th of November, 2016. The renewed funding contributes to the efforts of Lao PDR to implement the National Socio-Economic Plan. 



Signing of the grant agreement for the contribution to the implementation of Mekong River Commission’s Strategic Plan 2016 – 2020

SDC and MRC signing ceremony

11.08.2016 — Press release Laos

Today, Mr. Tim Enderlin, Regional Director for the Mekong Region of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), and Dr. Pham Tuan Phan, CEO of the Mekong River Commission (MRC) Secretariat, signed an agreement for Switzerland´s contribution of 7.4 million US Dollars to the implementation of MRC´s new Strategic Plan 2016 – 2020. Representatives of the Lao National Mekong Commission Secretariat and of MRC´s Development Partners were also present at the signing ceremony at MRC´s Office in Vientiane.


The Governments of Lao PDR and Switzerland met in Vientiane Capital to review the Lao - Swiss development cooperation strategy in the country and the Mekong Region

10.06.2016 — Press release Laos

The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), responsible for coordinating Swiss development programs in the country, discussed with the Lao Government strategic poverty reduction activities as well as inclusive social and economic development in the country. They also exchanged about principles of an enabling environment. An annual forecasted budget of 17 million USD is planned for the Lao PDR from 2016-2017.

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