A 20-member trade delegation from Laos spent two weeks visiting the US in May.
The first-ever trade delegation from Laos to the US toured five states – California, New York, Washington D.C., Illinois, and Minnesota. They participated in a trade fair and NTR worshops, organized by the Fund for Reconciliation and Development in collaboration with Lao-American businessmen in the states they visited.
Mr. Soulivong Dalavong, Minister of Commerce of the Lao PDR, led the delegation which included government officials and business owners. Business sectors represented included tourism, construction, furniture, handicrafts, garments, and agriculture.
The trip was made possible by the passage of Normalized Trade Relations legislation by the U.S. Congress in November 2004, and funded in part by the Rockfeller Foundation. The main purpose of the visit is to explore markets for Lao exports and to promote international investment in the Southeast Asian nation.
Listen to our Lao Diaspora report for details.