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On this 15th of September, ECCIL EuroCham Laos attended a conference on Responsible Business Practices in Lao PDR, organized by the UNDP Lao PDR, with the partnership of the Ministry of Industry and Commerce (MoIC), Lao National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LNCCI), and the Embassy of Japan in Laos , at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Vientiane.

The conference was attended by a number of our members and sponsors, such as Ms. Mette Boatman, one of our esteemed Board Members and the Managing Director of Civitas, who shared her considerable expertise in the realm of sustainable business practices and social change.

During a dialogue between representatives of several major business players in Laos, Ms. Boatman detailed her company’s dedication in adhering to the principles of the European Green Deal, of which the principal aims are the wellbeing and health of its citizens for the sake of future generations, and specified that #Civitas’ goals were a clean environment, energy efficiency, affordable and healthy food, longer lasting products, improved public transportation infrastructure, and increased job security for the workforce in the increasingly competitive global market.

One of the main objectives of the conference was to increase awareness on responsible practices and sustainability, with an emphasis on the need for government involvement in assisting local companies make the transition to more sustainable operating methods, as well as the importance for the private sector to share their experiences in making said transition.
ECCIL would also like to thank our other members who attended the event.

Mr. Lukasz Nitka, EuroCham board member and Director of the J&C Group – Insurance, Marketing, Investment, for his participation and highlighting the need for the creation of a roadmap to assist smaller and medium-sized businesses to change their production methods.
Mr. Sivath Sengdouangchan, CEO of Sivath Associates, for sharing his legal expertise and calling for the need to revise local regulations as well as pointing out that many smaller enterprises have neither the time nor the resources to afford radical changes to their production methods without the help of organizations like Chambers of Commerce.

In the face of these challenges, the work of companies like Civitas is all the more important, if not outright necessary, and we hope to see many more events of the sort.