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Ambassador Jens Lütkenherm

02.02.2021 - Article

Curriculum Vitae
Jens Peter Lütkenherm

Born March 29, 1961
Married, 3 children

1987                 M.A. History, Political science and German studies - University of Heidelberg
1988                 Enter Federal Foreign Office
1988 - 1990    Diplomatic Academy, Bonn
1990 - 1991    Federal Ministry of Defense, Bonn - Disarmament and Arms Control Division
1991 - 1994    Consulate General in San Francisco, USA - First Secretary
1995 - 1996    German Federal Parliament (Bundestag), Bonn
1997                 Federal Foreign Office, Bonn - Arms Export Control Division
1998 - 2002    German Representative Office, Ramallah - Deputy Head of Mission
2002 - 2003    Federal Foreign Office, Berlin - Political Directorate, North America Division
2003 - 2007    Federal Foreign Office, Berlin - European Directorate, Deputy Head of Division for Northern EU countries
2007                Foreign Office, Berlin - Middle East Department, Middle East Peace Process Division
2007 -2010    German Embassy in Warsaw, Poland - First Counsellor, Head of Cultural and Educational Department
2010 - 2012    Foreign Office, Berlin - Protocol Directorate, Head of International Conferences Division
2012 - 2014    Foreign Office, Berlin - Disarmament and Arms Control Directorate, Head of Conventional Arms Control in Europe Division
2014 - 2017    German Embassy in Santiago de Chile, Chile - First Counsellor, Deputy Head of Mission
Since  2017     German Embassy in Vientiane, Laos - Ambassador

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Dear Readers,

I am glad that you are visiting the Website of the German Embassy in Vientiane and that you are interested in the relations between our two countries. Laos, the country in the heart of South-East Asia, has a rich cultural heritage, a young and hospitable population and precious natural resources.

Germany and Laos are proud to look back on more than 60 years of bilateral relations and almost 60 years of bilateral cooperation. Since the beginning of this cooperation, Germany has made available an amount of over 500 Million Euro to Laos, with focus on poverty reduction, rural development, protection of climate and environment, vocational training as well as economic development and good governance. The Federal Government has promoted the conservation of precious cultural assets with a series of projects, among others the collection and preservation of Buddhist photographs and the collection and digitalization of ancient palm leaf manuscripts and the culture of their recitation.

Since the beginning of 2020 the COVID-19 Pandemic has changed the lifestyle of people in the whole world, and without any doubt the pandemic will shape this year. The measures adopted by the Government of Lao P.D.R. in order to avoid the spreading of the COVID-19 virus have been successful. However, the consequences of the pandemic have badly affected the economy, society and environment of Laos. Germany will be at the side of the Lao people when overcoming these challenges. Even though the Federal Government has decided to terminate the bilateral development cooperation with Laos, we will continue to operate with important projects during the next years and promote the development of the country within the framework of the European Joint Programming.

The integration into regional structures, the development of the infrastructure and the growing education of their people can open good possibilities in the near future and give the Lao P.D.R. good chances to overcome its status of least developed country (as defined by the United Nations) in joining the dynamic development of the region. For years now Germany has maintained strong ties to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The European Union and ASEAN have raised their cooperation to a strategical level at the end of 2020. As a member of ASEAN, Laos will draw even more benefit from these more intense relations.

I hope that in the course of this year the COVID-19-Pandemic will be repressed and the borders of Laos will be reopened for the movement of travellers, so that the European and German tourists may again visit the Lao P.D.R..  Before the pandemic, roughly 30,000 German tourists visited this beautiful, hospitable and pristine country every year. I would be very happy if we could return to this level.

The German Embassy in Vientiane is proud to contribute to the implementation of productive relations between our countries and their people. The German Embassy team remains at your disposal and is happy to assist all German and Lao partners in enhancing their contacts.

 Jens Lütkenherm

Vientiane, in January 2021

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