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Asia-Europe Business Forum to boost investment in Laos
“Normally business operators not only want to attend forums but also take these opportunities to seek business cooperation with others,” Lao National Chamber of Commerce and Industry Vice President Oudeth Souvannavong said at a press conference in Vientiane yesterday.
“The forum will create opportunities for Lao businesses to seek overseas partners in order to expand their operations.”
Oudeth, who is deputy head of the Forum Organising Committee Secretariat, said they expect 300 delegates to attend the forum, immediately prior to the 9th Asia-Europe Meeting Summit.
Oudeth welcomed the pending acceptance of Laos as a World Trade Organisation member this month and also the improvement of the Lao business climate ahead of the forum, hoping the good news will attract more foreign investment.
He said the forum will also be a good opportunity for foreign businesses to gauge the true investment climate, opportunities and development potential in Laos, noting that there are many aspects that international reports on Laos do not reveal.
“The actual state of development in Laos is perhaps better than what is reported. Visiting business operators can see for themselves the true situation here and how well we are doing,” Oudeth said.
Preparations for the Asia-Europe Business Forum are 80 per cent complete regarding the forum's content and 90 per cent complete regarding meeting venues and accommodation for participants.
The forum has invited a number of well known panelists from Asia and Europe to speak and discuss the global economic situation, examining issues such as the European debt crisis and the slowdown in the Chinese and Indian economies.
Forum participants will also discuss the opportunities and challenges that businesses in Asia and Europe are facing. One of the discussion topics is corporate social responsibility.
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