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Blogging on….. overview of events from May to September

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It’s been a busy few months and a while since my last blog posting. So I wanted to give an overview of the key recent events at the Embassy and a look ahead. In May, I travelled back to the UK to attend the Leadership Conference; an annual event hosted in London and attended by UK Ambassadors from every corner of the globe. During the weeklong event, we heard from several … Read more »Blogging on….. overview of events from May to September

April 2014 Monthly Snapshot

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April 2014 View our activities this past month! Visit from Warwick University James Kennedy, Director of the International Office of the University of Warwick visited us again, sharing information about studying at Warwick and the UK government’s scholarship programme with Lao students from Soutsaka College and Oxford Education.               #OneGreatYear On 2 April, we marked exactly one year since we opened our doors. Here’s what we have achieved … Read more »April 2014 Monthly Snapshot

March 2014 Monthly Snapshot

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March 2014 Follow our Embassy’s team through our activities during the past month! Visit to Vientiane Province Our Embassy team made first contact with government officials in Vientiane Province and visited the Nam Ngum 1 Hydropower Plant site. Lord Puttnam’s visit Lord David Puttnam, Oscar-winning film producer and the UK Prime Ministers Trade Envoy for the region, visited Vientiane – for the second time in six months. We honoured his … Read more »March 2014 Monthly Snapshot

February 2014 Monthly Snapshot

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  February 2014 Look what we have been up to at the Embassy this month! Diplomatic Excellence on a visit to Laos Matthew Rycroft, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Chief Operating Officer visited Vientiane at beginning of February  and introduced both us an Lao diplomats to the concept of #DiplomaticExcellence.   Record numbers at our visa service A record number of 60 applications kept us busy during our third visa service … Read more »February 2014 Monthly Snapshot

January 2014 Monthly Snapshot

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  January 2014 Look what we have been busy with at the Embassy this month! Happy New Year! The British Embassy Vientiane launched into the New Year with an ambitious agenda as an already established and settled diplomatic mission, full of plans for high-level work in 2014.                           LGBT rights success! Anan Bouapha, UK in Laos on Facebook … Read more »January 2014 Monthly Snapshot

Laos through my eyes – Alistair Brown

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This article is part of a series of guest blogs contributed by Brits who have lived and worked in Laos, or who have other interesting links to Laos. As a reasonably well-travelled career expat, when I was asked to take up a position in Laos for my very British, Bristol-based employer, Imperial Tobacco Group back in October 2009, my first reaction was “Where is Laos?” I’d never heard of the country before, … Read more »Laos through my eyes – Alistair Brown

Laos through my eyes – Denise Heywood

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This article is part of a series of guest blogs contributed by Brits who have lived and worked in Laos, or who have other interesting links to Laos. Working in Cambodia as a freelance journalist and lecturer in the early 1990s, I heard about Laos, alluded to in whispers of admiration. Serene and unhurried, it was a forgotten place. When I finally arrived, in 1994, from Phnom Penh, it was to complete … Read more »Laos through my eyes – Denise Heywood

Laos through my eyes – Mike Boddington

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This article is part of a series of guest blogs contributed by Brits who have lived and worked in Laos, or who have other interesting links to Laos. My love affair with South East Asia began in 1971, when I was fortunate enough to be appointed to a short-term consultancy with the United Nations Economic Commission for Asia and the Far East (ECAFE – now UNESCAP). My first trip outside Europe and … Read more »Laos through my eyes – Mike Boddington

The UK in Laos: One Year On

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On 5 November, the British Embassy celebrates one year since its re-opening by Foreign Secretary William Hague, during his visit to Vientiane for the ASEM Summit. This ended a 27 year absence of a British diplomatic presence in Laos. Since re-opening, we have actively been working to raise the profile of the UK and its strengths in Laos, and work with the Lao government and other partners such as civil … Read more »The UK in Laos: One Year On

Laos through my eyes – James Kennedy

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This article is part of a series of guest blogs contributed by Brits who have lived and worked in Laos, or who have other interesting links to Laos. Compacting the hot sticky rice into a ball in my fingers and dipping it in chilli sauce, the smell and the adhesive feel of the rice bring the memories flooding back.  I first came to Laos thirty-seven years ago, fresh out of university, as … Read more »Laos through my eyes – James Kennedy