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The European Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Lao PDR has successfully co-hosted the Asia Europe Business Forum from 3rd-5th of November held in conjunction with ASEM 9 in Vientiane.


ECCIL President Guy Apovy, co-chair to Kissana Vongsay of the Lao National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LNCCI), welcomed 295 participants from Europe and Asia to discuss current and future trends in Asian-European economic and business relations. Pressing issues such as growth prospects, good public and corporate governance, access to finance, environmental challenges and food security, energy and sustainable management of natural resources as well as market connectivity were addressed in working sessions. The participants, about one third of which had travelled to Vientiane from Europe, took the opportunity to network at several informal functions as well as at a meeting of chambers, which had been initiated by ECCIL and LNCCI. The organizers gathered a wide range of chamber representatives from Europe and Asia to explore new ground for further areas of cooperation.

As co-organizer, ECCIL took on a significant role in AEBF by preparing marketing materials and by acquiring high-profile speakers as well as sponsors such as BRED/BFL and Allianz General. It contributed to a jointly draft chairman’s statement which presented the AEBF’s results to ASEM heads of state  in order to further the exchange between ASEM’s business and political community.

During the event, ECCIL was present with a well frequented booth and successfully used the forum to enhance its visibility on the international level. ECCIL’s special thanks go to Paul Simcock, Vientiane Hydromatic Services, for his outstanding support at the booth.

  In cooperation with LNCCI, ECCIL had co-organized the Business Forum, which takes place every  2 years alternating between Asia and Europe. The co-organisation of the 13th AEBF presented the chamber with the possibility to gain experience in organizing international events and to raise its profile within the international business community. For further information, please visit www.aebf2012.com or send your inquiries to [email protected].