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Co-Chairs of the Program Steering Committee Mr Andreas Zurbrugg (left) and Madame Sengdeuane Lachanthabou (right)

Mr Andreas Zurbrugg , Deputy Head of Mission, Australian Embassy and Mrs Sengdeuane Lachanthabou, Vice Minister of Education and Sports chaired the third Steering Committee meeting of the Laos Australia Human Resource Development Program on 29 March 2016 in Vientiane.

The program, managed by the Laos Australia Institute (LAI), is a four-year partnership between the Governments of Lao PDR and Australia to help address Laos’ critical human resource development needs. 

The meeting discussed progress made during the program’s second year, including successful management of Australia Awards scholarships, extending the Laos-Australia National Scholarships (LANS) program to Souphanouvong University in Luang Prabang, and completion of English language training materials.  The forward work program, contained in the Annual Plan for 2016, was also endorsed.

Mr Zurbrugg pointed out that the human resource development work of LAI will be useful for Laos to take advantage of integrating into the ASEAN Economic community

“We hope the program addresses the priority development needs of the Lao government at both the central and sub national level,” he said.