Opening ceremony of JETRO Vientiane
Enhancing the economic relationship between Japan and Laos
On April 28, JETRO organized the opening ceremony for JETRO Vientiane with attendance of Japanese METI Minister Toshimitsu Motegi. From Laos, Minister of Planning and Investment Somdy Douangdy, Minister of Industry and Commerce Khemmany Pholsena and other senior officials of the Lao Government, as well as related parties from Japanese business circles, joined the commemorative ceremony.
Establishment of a JETRO office in Vientiane was requested by Lao Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong to JETRO Chairman and CEO Hiroyuki Ishige in person when Chairman Ishige visited Laos in August 2012. Since then, Laos has increasingly played a pivotal position as a land bridge of the Greater Mekong Sub-Region. In 2013, Laos joined the WTO and in 2015, the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) will be established. Based on this trend, JETRO recognized that it would have much to contribute in this country and decided to proceed with establishment of a local office.
Aiming to start operations in July 2014, JETRO Vientiane will implement cooperative activities to enhance economic partnership between Japan and Laos focusing on two areas: attracting direct investment into Laos and providing support in developing local industries of the country.