The opening was attended by senior government officials, project personnel and development partners. 'Cutting the ribbon' at the launch were H.E. Lynda Worthaisong, Australian Ambassador to Laos; H.E. Dr Phet Phomphiphak, Vice Minister for Agriculture and Forestry; and Dr Gamini Keerthisinghe, ACIAR Principal Regional Coordinator.
|Dr Keerthisinghe, H.E. Dr Phet
H.E. Lynda Worthaisong (left to right) at the opening ceremony
“ACIAR will be an important contributor to the implementation of Lao PDR’s 7th National Socioeconomic Development Plan, and Agricultural and Forestry Development Strategy,” Dr Phomphiphak said.
This video provides an overview of ACIAR's work in Laos and the region.
Dr Keerthisinghe said “ACIAR is really a brokering agent bringing partnerships together. It’s important we support such partnerships, as they often evolve into long-term relationships that help build capacity in the region beyond the lifespan of projects.”
ACIAR's Country Manager for Cambodia, Laos and Thailand, Ms Khun Chiraporn Sunpakit, was pleased that this new office will help forge closer linkages and technology transfer between countries in the region.
Manager of Stakeholder Relationships, Souhpalack Inphonephong, said "It will allow us to build more productive partnerships. For example, I have been invited to attend field visits with project staff, helping me understand the role that ACIAR-funded research plays through farmers’ perceptions."
ACIAR projects in Lao PDR
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Video: ACIAR's role in Laos
Alexandra Bagnara, ACIAR Communications