Message of the Ambassador


Dear readers,

The German embassy in Lao P.D.R. is committed to contribute to the development of fruitful relations between our countries and their residents. Laos, located in the heart of South East Asia, has a rich cultural heritage, a hospitable population and valuable natural resources. Laos plans to graduate from the status of a least developed country (as defined by the United Nations) by 2020. In this endeavor, Laos can count on Germany – its second largest international donor – as a reliable and trustworthy partner. With our cooperation our countries can contribute to building peace and to improving welfare among the nations.

Until today the people of Laos have been suffering from the consequences of war and destruction they suffered in their younger history. As a small country with powerful neighbours, Laos has a particular interest in good and fruitful relations with the countries of the region. A responsible use of its own natural resources and the membership in the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) play a vital role in this respect.

The integration in the regional structures brings about new perspectives for the economic relations of Laos. Germany is particularly interested in this process, also due to its own good experience with the European integration. In the wake of legal and administrative reforms, and with more and more international engagement the economic environment in Laos is becoming increasingly interesting for German business. I would be pleased if young Lao citizens who show an interest in Germany take advantage of our educational offerings and profit from the economic cooperation of our two countries.

Every year, about 30.000 visitors from Germany enjoy the beauty, hospitality and treasures of this country. I wish all Germans, visiting Laos or working here, an interesting and successful stay. The German embassy team stands ready to assist all German and Lao partners in developing their contacts.

Vientiane, August 2017

Jens Lütkenherm

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