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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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31st October 2016 Vientiane, Laos

James Toone

Deputy Head of Mission, British Embassy Vientiane

Laos: Pacifying the “Wild East” for wildlife trafficking

Illegal ivory trade in Laos

As the Chinese government in recent years clamped down on illicit wildlife trade (IWT), smugglers and buyers have shifted much of their business to China’s small southern neighbour – Lao PDR. The Lao government is struggling to develop effective measures against the growing trade and the involved international syndicates. The United Kingdom together with other […]

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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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30th March 2015 Vientiane, Laos

Philip Malone

by Philip Malone

Ambassador to Lao PDR

Celebrating three great English exports in 2015

In 2015, England marks two major anniversaries. It will be 800 years since the Magna Carta was sealed and 750 years since the formation of the first English parliament. Anyone who is interested in seeing the document that has been described as England’s greatest export need only visit the British Library, where not one but […]

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26th February 2015 Vientiane, Laos

Philip Malone

by Philip Malone

Ambassador to Lao PDR

Laos through my eyes – Steve Savva

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. I have been in Laos for the most part of the last five years. My passion lies in handmade paper techniques and both ancient and modern craft […]

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