On 27 April 2017, His Excellency Thongphane SAVANPHET, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Laos’ ASEAN SOM Leader led the Lao delegation to attend the ASEAN Senior Officials' Preparatory Meeting, in Manila, Philippines.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB), through its Resident Mission in Vientiane, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs jointly organized an event to celebrate 50 years of development partnership between the Lao PDR and ADB as well as mark the 50th anniversary of the country’s membership in the multilateral institution.
The event was opened by Deputy Foreign Minister Mr Thongphane Savanphet, and Director General for ADB’s Southeast Asia Department Mr James A. Nugent.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Mr Somdy Douangdy, Minister of Planning and Investment Mr Souphan Keomixay, ADB’s Executive Director Mr David F. Murchison, as well as other key government officials, private sector representatives, development partners, academia, civil society advocates, and member of the media were also in attendance.
His Excellency Thongphane SAVANPHET, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Laos’ ASEAN SOM Leader, led the Lao Delegation to attend the 19th ASEAN-India Dialogue held on 5-7 March 2017 in New Delhi, India. The Meeting was co-chaired by His Excellency Nguyen Quoc Dzung, Vice Foreign Minister and Viet Nam’s ASEAN SOM Leader, and Her Excellency Preeti Saran, Secretary (East) of the Ministry of External Affairs and India’s SOM Leader.