Hugh Evans

Hugh Evans

British Ambassador to Laos

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9th February 2017 Vientiane, Laos

Hugh Evans

by Hugh Evans

British Ambassador to Laos

“Dare to be Honest and Fear no Labour” (Robert Burns)

I was recently delighted to host my first Burns Supper in Vientiane.  It was a wonderful evening of poetry, food and dance for which the organizational credit must go to Scottish community stalwart, Clare Hepburn, ably supported by her husband Alistair and others.  As someone who grew up in the southern Scottish town of Dumfries. […]

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20th December 2016 Vientiane, Laos

Hugh Evans

by Hugh Evans

British Ambassador to Laos

The Lao National Assembly – recent developments and scope for UK support

Britain’s most famous constitutionalist, Walter Bagehot, once described Parliament as “nothing less than a big meeting of more or less idle people.” His wry comment may have contained a grain of truth about the aristocrats who dominated Britain’s 19thC chamber. But it wouldn’t be a fair depiction of today’s National Assembly (NA) in Laos. Its […]

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10th October 2016 Vientiane, Laos

Hugh Evans

by Hugh Evans

British Ambassador to Laos

IS SMALL BEAUTIFUL?

In 1973, the Oxford-educated economist E F Schumacher published his seminal work, “Small is Beautiful”.  It was an early critique of globalisation and a clarion call for sustainable development.  Over the years, his iconic title has also stirred broader discussion about the comparative merits of smaller and larger organisations. Each has advantages, in my view.  But […]

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2nd February 2016 Vientiane, Laos

Hugh Evans

by Hugh Evans

British Ambassador to Laos

Such Stuff As Dreams Are Made Of

This year is the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, an event the UK government, including my Embassy, is commemorating in a series of activities (check out our Facebook page UKinLaos for more details). He is perhaps England’s earliest, and certainly greatest, cultural export. One element of the commemoration is to invite individuals to share […]

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9th November 2015 Vientiane, Laos

Hugh Evans

by Hugh Evans

British Ambassador to Laos

“Education is a guide, knowledge is a key”

Buddha’s famous quotation is a sentiment that the government of this predominantly Buddhist nation has taken to heart in transforming the educational prospects of Lao youth over the last two decades. The results are impressive. Primary school enrolment has reportedly touched 98.5% in 2014, meeting Laos’ MDG target of universal coverage. In 1991, the rate […]

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11th September 2015 Vientiane, Laos

Hugh Evans

by Hugh Evans

British Ambassador to Laos

Laos: River Pleasures

I am happy to be finally able to post my first blog as an UK Ambassador to Laos, and my first blog ever! I come from a generation that grew up without social media, and I am often wondering how we ever managed without it, seeing how much of an important role it now plays […]

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About Hugh Evans

Mr Hugh Evans was appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Lao People’s Democratic Republic in 2015. Mr Evans joined the FCO in 1985 and has covered a wide range of…

Mr Hugh Evans was appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Lao People’s Democratic Republic in 2015. Mr Evans joined the FCO in 1985 and has covered a wide range of policy and management roles.

He spent his early career as an FCO Research Analyst working on South and South East Asia and was seconded to the US State Department as a regional expert on Asian affairs. He has since served overseas in Nairobi, Khartoum, Moscow and, most recently, Erbil, in northern Iraq.

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