The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Regional Integration Support by the European Union (EU) ARISE+ is a regional programme for the ASEAN region.
The ARISE+ Lao People's Democratic Republic Trade-Related Assistance Project is funded by the EU.
The Lao administration
The main Ministry involved in this project is the Ministry of Industry and Commerce (MoIC), within which the Department of Planning and Co-operation (DPC) and its National Implementation Unit (NIU) has the responsibility to coordinate technical assistance provided to the Ministry.
In addition to the MoIC, other line ministries are involved, especially for activities pertaining to establishing a business-enabling environment and increased trade and participation in global value-chains. These include the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (for wood-based products and agro-based products) and its different departments. In addition, the Ministry of Planning and Investment, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Finance and its Customs Department, the Ministry of Science and Technology and its Department of Standardization and Metrology, the Ministry of Health, and the Prime Minister's Office will be closely involved in the project implementation. Other specific stakeholders in the Government will include a wide range of government-specialized agencies in the capital, the provinces and districts.
The project ensures the involvement of a wide range of partners. This includes partners from the private sector, including trade and investment support institutions, such as the Lao National Chamber of Commerce or the European Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the country: business associations such as the Lao Farmers Products, the Lao Farmers Networks, the Lao Coffee Association, the Lao Furniture Association, the Lao Wood Processing Association and others.
Development partners are: GIZ (Germany), Agence Française de Développement (France), Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Australia), SECO (Switzerland), USAID (United States). Partnerships and consultations with other international organizations include UNDP, FAO, UNCTAD and the World Bank.
ITC in the Lao People's Democratic Republic
Currently, ITC is rolling out four projects in the Lao People's Democratic Republic, all aiming at supporting the country in benefitting of the trade opportunities despite challenges, such as lack of market connections, climate change and weak trade diversification:
ITC has extensive experience in delivering technical-related trade assistance in the Lao People's Democratic Republic:
ITC is an active member of the UN Country Team in the Lao People's Democratic Republic.
In collaboration with the Ministry of Industry and Commerce
Ms. Emilie Dairon
Office for Asia and the Pacific
Telephone: +41 22 730 06 14
Street address: ITC, 54-56, rue de Montbrillant,1202 Geneva, Switzerland Postal address: ITC, Palais des Nations, 1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland
Ms. Marie-Claude Frauenrath
Telephone: +41 22 730 02 95