Workshop on strengthening the cooperation for women’s advancement of the two countries: Lao – Vietnam.

The workshop held in 2 days, 11 – 12 August in Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR.

This workshop was chaired by H.E.Mr.Somsavat Lenhsavad, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Chairperson of the National Committee for the Advancement of Women (NCFAW) in Lao. Mme. o­nechanh Thammavong, President of Lao Women’s Union, Vice-chairperson of NCFAW of Lao was the co-chair of this workshop.


Participating at the workshop were 70 delegates who are members of Laos NCFAW, Vice-presidents of Provincial People’s Committee - Heads of Provincial Committees for the Advancement of Women (CFAW), Presidents of Provincial Women’s Unions and Deputy-Heads of CFAW and representatives of related Ministries/branches of Lao.


The 3-member Vietnamese delegation headed by Mme. Tran Thi Mai Huong, Permanent Secretary and Director of NCFAW Bureau of Vietnam attended this workshop. At this workshop, participants were introduced by the Vietnamese delegation the organizational structure and activities done by Vietnam NCFAW and the connection between it and the Vietnam Women’s Union; drafting and implementation of Plan of Action; incorporating the National Strategy for the Advancement of Women into the work of Ministry of Planning and Investment. o­n the side of Lao, representatives of Lao NCFAW represented their organization structure and activity and their approval of the draft of Strategy for the Advancement of Women in Lao (2006 – 2010). Participants also discussed and commented o­n the draft of Lao National Strategy and activities for the advancement of women.


On behalf of the Vietnamese delegation, Mme. Tran Thi Mai Huong highly appreciated the initiative of organizing the workshop o­n cooperation between the 2 countries and indicated that the draft of Lao National Strategy for the advancement of women was prepared carefully, comprehensively, concisely, especially it has included main principals into the strategy in line with the spirit of Beijing + 10 Conference.


On behalf ofLao NCFAW and Lao Women’s Union, Mme o­nechanh Thammavong thanked the active participation of the Vietnamese delegation at this workshop.