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Laos

Overview

Singapore and Laos enjoy friendly relations. We cooperate at the bilateral, regional and multilateral levels. Economic ties and Singapore’s investments into Laos have increased over time. We also cooperate closely through the Singapore Cooperation Programme (SCP). Singapore established the Lao-Singapore Training Centre in Vientiane in 2001 under the Initiative for ASEAN Integration to administer in-country training for Lao officials. To boost economic integration and the adoption of technology in the region, the Lao-Singapore Training Centre has been upgraded to a Singapore Cooperation Centre.

Recent Highlights

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  • Lao Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong visited Singapore twice for Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s State Funeral Service in March and for the SG50 National Day Parade in August.
  • Lao President of the National Assembly Pany Yathotou visited Singapore from 28 to 30 April.
  • Minister (Foreign Affairs) Dr Vivian Balakrishnan made an introductory visit to the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, at the invitation of Lao Minister of Foreign Affairs Saleumxay Kommasith on 27 July.
  • Lao Minister of Justice Bounkeut Sangsomsak visited Singapore for a study visit arranged by the Ministry of Law from 2 to 4 March.
  • Lao Minister and Head of Government Office Sonexay Siphandone visited Singapore as the 52nd Lee Kuan Yew Exchange Fellow from 15 to 19 February.
  • Lao Prime Minister Dr Thongloun Sisoulith made an introductory visit to Singapore on 2 May.
  • Foreign Minister of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic Saleumxay Kommasith made an introductory visit to Singapore from 12 to 13 February.
  • President Tony Tan Keng Yam made a State Visit to Laos from 11 to 14 January.
  • His Excellency Bounnhang Vorachith, President of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, made a State Visit to Singapore from 9 to 10 May at the invitation of President Halimah Yacob, who hosted a State Banquet in his honour. His Excellency also met Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. Two Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) were signed during this State Visit. The MOU on Cooperation on Education was signed by Minister for Education Ong Ye Kung and Lao Minister of Education and Sports Sengdeuane Lachanthaboune. The MOU on Technical Cooperation in the Protection of Environmental and Water Matters was signed by Senior Minister of State for the Environment and Water Resources Amy Khor and Lao Vice Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Bounkham Vorachit.
  • Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dr Maliki Osman visited Vientiane, Laos from 24 to 25 June 2019. Singapore and Laos celebrate 45 years of diplomatic relations in 2019.

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