- Become an AMCHAM Lao Chapter member. Click Here to Dowload Application form
- Expedite Your U.S. Visa Interview Appointments. The U.S. Embassy Vientiane Laos' Business Executive Program (BEP) is open to AMCHAM Lao Chapter members. The program enables your business to expedite your U.S. Visa interview appointments. Click here to learn more.
- GSP Statement. Position paper on Extension of GSP Privileges to Myanmar and Laos. Click here to learn more.
The mission of the Lao AMCHAM Committee is to conduct activitives that facilitate the investment and growth of U.S. businesses in the Lao PDR, thus contributing to the overall development of local communities and the Lao PDR as a whole.
The Lao Chapter has had monthly networking happy hours since May, which have included members and new contacts. Some of these contacts have subsequently become members. The venues have rotated each month and venue owners have expressed appreciation that the happy hours have brought in new customers who previously did not know of their venues. Some of these venues have become members themselves. There have also been two joint networking receptions with the European Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Laos (ECCIL) and the Australia-New Zealand Business Association (ANZBA). Other networking events have included live viewings of the Super Bowl and World Cup matches with the USA team. In October, the annual American Community Picnic took place with raffle prizes from Vientiane’s best restaurants, shops and other services, refreshments provided by Vientiane’s best restaurants, two jumpy castles and additional kids’ games.
Members’ access to the U.S. Embassy has been strengthened through a series of bi-monthly breakfast discussions with the U.S. Ambassador and other events such as a lunch with the State Department’s USDA attaché, and a cocktail reception with Lao Chapter members and key Embassy staff from all departments.
The chapter has advocated on behalf of members’ concerns about new laws on vehicle tax and labor. It further engaged in advocacy through an overview of the new labor law for members, in partnership with DFDL, highlighting key differences between the previous and new laws.
Additional events of professional value have included:
• A disputation on natural resources and the Lao economy with a panel of experts from the World Bank, Panaust Asia and National University of Laos;
• A seminar on the ASEAN Economic Community ahead and its implications on business in Lao PDR;
• A seminar on grants and development assistance available to businesses in Lao PDR through the Business Assistance Facility;
• An overview of the new Lao Labor Law.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Upcoming Events (visit www.amchamlao.com for more):
Business Assistance Facility Seminar September 25 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm Best Western Hotel, Vientiane, Lao People's Democratic Republic
The Business Assistance Facility (BAF) offers a portfolio of development support to individual private sector firms in Lao PDR through such methods as matching grants and advice on business growth plans. The BAF manager will be speaking about the program in greater detail and taking questions. This seminar will be followed by the monthly Happy Hour and the manager will also be there for informal questions and conversation. A limited number of seats are available to anyone interested in the BAF presentation. RSVP to email@example.com by September 18th. Find out more about the Business Assistance Facility here: http://www.baflao.com/
Monthly Happy Hour
September 25 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm Best Western Hotel, Vientiane, Lao People's Democratic Republic
This Monthly Happy Hour will follow a presentation on the Business Assistance Facility (BAF). The BAF manager will be there and available for informal questions and conversation about BAF. All members, contacts and people interested in AMCHAM are welcome to the happy hour even if you could not attend the BAF seminar. RSVP, for the Monthly Happy Hour, to firstname.lastname@example.org by September 23rd.
American Film Week October 1 @ 5:00 pm - October 5 @ 9:00 pm Location to Be Determined
Presented by the US Embassy and the Luang Prabang Film Festival, this will feature outdoor Hollywood blockbuster screenings, filmmaking workshops taught by American experts, and information sessions on such topics as intellectual property rights, environmental protection and supporting the local film industry.
Past Events in 2014:
AMCHAM/ANZBA/ECCIL Joint Networking Event
September 3 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mercure Hotel Vientiane, Lao People's Democratic Republic
Sponsored by ANZ Bank. Open to members of AMCHAM, ANZBA and ECCIL, only. RSVP to email@example.com by September 1st.
US Voter Registration Informational Event and Social Mixer September 2 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm Soul Kitchen
Vientiane, Lao People's Democratic Republic
The informal Democrats Abroad group in Lao PDR, a chapter of Democrats Abroad Thailand, will host an event to share nonpartisan information on procedures and methods for voting from abroad. Live music from local artist, Greg Dolezal, will also be played from 6:30-8:30 PM.
US Embassy Staff & AMCHAM Cocktail Reception
August 21 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
US Ambassador's Residence,
Vientiane, Lao People's Democratic Republic
Cocktail Reception to introduce AMCHAM members to staff of the Political, Economic, Security and Consular departments of the US Embassy in order to learn more about how each of them can be of assistance to AMCHAM members and their businesses in Lao PDR. Open to AMCHAM members only. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by August 14th at 5:00 PM
August 27 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
10/3 Francois Ngin Street Vientiane, Lao People's Democratic Republic
Open to AMCHAM members and friends. 15% discounts on all tabs. Drop in any time after 6 pm. RSVP to email@example.com by August 25th
World Cup Game: 2 Matches on 2 Screens: Live viewings of the 2 big games: USA vs Germany and Portugal vs Ghana on 2 screens @ 11 PM at Best Western Hotel. Food and drinks available for purchase. Open to AMCHAM Members and Friends. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by the night of June 25th.
Breakfast Discussion hosted by U.S. Ambassador Daniel Clune. Friday, 27 June 2014 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am at the U.S. Ambassador’s Residence in Vientiane. Limited spaces open to AMCHAM members only on first come first serve basis. RSVP to email@example.com by Friday, June 13.
World Cup Game – USA vs. Portugal. 23 June 2014 @ 5:00am at Best Western Hotel. Open to AMCHAM members and friends.
World Cup Game – US vs. Ghana. 17 June 2014 @ 5:00am at Best Western Hotel. Breakfast available from 6:30am. Open to AMCHAM members and friends.
AMCHAM/ANZBA/ECCIL Joint Networking Event and Disputation on Natural Resources and the Lao Economy: 15 May 2014 @ 4 pm - 8 pm at Green Park Boutique Hotel. Event Sponsored by Phu Bia Mining / Green Park Boutique Hotel / Riverside Boutique Hotel. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
Breakfast Discussion hosted by U.S. Ambassador Clune. 27 March 2014 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am at the U.S. Ambassador’s Residence. Limited spaces open to AMCHAM members. RSVP to Chris Manley.
Super Bowl Breakfast. 3 February 2014 @ 6am at Ban Moon Restaurant. Open to AMCHAM members and friends.
Past Events in 2013:
AMCHAM/ANZBA/ECCIL Joint Networking Event: 12 December 2013 @ 6 pm - 9 pm at VimpelCom Lao Headquarters. Event Sponsored by Beeline/VimpelCom. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Map.
Breakfast Discussion hosted by U.S. Ambassador Clune. 6 December 2013 @ 8 am – 9:30 am at the U.S. Ambassador’s Residence. Limited spaces open to AMCHAM members. RSVP to Chris Manley.
ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) and its practical implications for doing business in the Lao PDR. Presented by AMCHAM Lao, in cooperation with ANZBA and ECCIL. 14 October 2013, 13:00-17:30 pm, at Don Chan Palace. Click HERE for Registration Form.
VAT Implementation Workshop on Friday, 4 October 2013 from 8:30 – 12:00pm at Mercure Hotel. Open to AMCHAM members. RSVP to Vat.Seminar.email@example.com. To view a draft of VAT law, click HERE
AMCHAM American Community Picnic. Saturday, 5 October 2013, 3–9 pm at Vientiane International School. Open to all. Adult Tickets, 40,000 LAK; Children Tickets 6-12 years, 10,000 LAK; 1-5 years are free. Click HERE for more event information or if you have any questions or wish to volunteer please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. For information about donations click HERE or contact email@example.com.
Discussion on corruption, hosted by U.S. Embassy. Tuesday, 24 September 2013, 10 am-12 noon at Don Chan Palace Hotel.
Lunch meeting with Mike Ward, the US Department of Agriculture’s Attaché. 9 September 2013, 12:00 – 1:30 pm. Open to AMCHAM members only. RSVP to Chris Manley required by Friday, 6 September 2013.
Speaker Event - U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Speaker is Douglas Mancill, Partner with Price Sanond Law Firm. 26 August 2013 @ 12:00 – 1:30pm at Aria Restaurant. Event Sponsored by Coke Lao. AMCHAM Members free; non-members USD5 or 40,000LAK. RSVP required.
Lao Business Forum hosted by LNCCI. AMCHAM is a Silver Sponsor of this event. 20 August 2013 @ 8am – 5pm at Lao Plaza Hotel. By invitation.
Farewell Breakfast Discussion hosted by U.S. Ambassador Stewart. 24 July 2013 @ 9 am – 11 am at the U.S. Ambassador’s Residence. Restricted to AMCHAM Members.
Labor Law Roundtable Discussion hosted by DFDL. 2 July 2013 @ 9 am – 11 am at DFDL office. Restricted to AMCHAM Members
Workshop to Review Draft Food Law, 4 June 2013, 1:30 - 5pm, at Don Chan Hotel. Open to AMCHAM Members only.
A draft of the Lao Food Law is available here.
State of the Lao Chapter Meeting, 4 June 2013 @ 6 pm at The Pizza Company Cultural Hall Second Floor. Event Sponsored by RMA Lao. Open to all.
American Film Week. May 6 - 10, organized by the US Embassy and the Luang Prabang Film Festival Organization (an AMCHAM member), at the Mekong Riverfront.
U.S. Income Tax Update. 1 April 2013 @ 6 pm - 8 pm at U.S. Embassy. Event Sponsored by KPMG. AMCHAM Members free; non-members USD5 or 40,000LAK
AMCHAM - ANZBA Joint Networking Event: 6 March 2013 @ 6 pm - 8 pm at Kong Khao Restaurant. Event Sponsored by Milsearch. AMCHAM Members free; non-members USD5 or 40,000LAK.
Breakfast Discussion hosted by U.S. Ambassador Stewart with special guest U.S. Ambassador to ASEAN, David Carden. 28 February 2012 @ 9 am – 11 am at the U.S. Ambassador’s Residence.
Trade Show and Gala Dinner: 24 January 2013 @ 4:00 – 9:00 pm at the Lao Plaza Hotel. Event hosted by AMCHAM. Registration required. Members: Free. Members can also have a booth to showcase their products/services at the Trade Show for free.
Tax Seminar on New Tax Law and Implementing Decree: 17 January 2013 @ 1:30 – 5:00 pm at the Lao Plaza Hotel. Event was hosted by AMCHAM, ANZBA, ECCIL.
• U.S. Embassy - laos.usembassy.gov
• Ministry of Foreign Affairs - www.mofa.gov.la/en/
• Bank of Lao PDR - www.bol.gov.la/english/index1.php
• Lao PDR Trade Portal - www.laotradeportal.gov.la
• National Assembly of Lao PDR (Lao laws) - www.na.gov.la/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=75&Itemid=211&lang=en
• Lao PDR Investment Overwiew - www.dfdl.com/resources/library/publication/category/132-investment-overview
• Draft Law on Labor Protections - http://www.amchamthailand.com/asp/view_doc.asp?DocCID=3720
MEMBERS SINCE FOUNDING
• ANZ Bank (Lao) Limited
• Luang Prabang Film Festival
• LS Horizon
• VimpelCom Lao Co., Ltd.
• Dr. Jeff Galle
• Anthony Zola
Chair: Chris Manley, RMA Lao
Vice-Chair: Hetal Patel, EMC
Lao Chapter Coordinator: Khun Orn