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MEKONG PRIVATE SECTOR DEVELOPMENT FACILITY. Lao Business Forum Public-Private Dialogue Workshop Paris, 1-2 February 2006. Overview – Lao Business Forum (LBF). Established in March 2005 Three-way partnership between Government of Lao PDR (CPI), IFC-MPDF, and Lao Business Community

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MEKONG PRIVATE SECTOR DEVELOPMENT FACILITY

Lao Business Forum

Public-Private Dialogue Workshop

Paris, 1-2 February 2006

overview lao business forum lbf
Overview – Lao Business Forum (LBF)
  • Established in March 2005
  • Three-way partnership between Government of Lao PDR (CPI), IFC-MPDF, and Lao Business Community
  • Draws on lessons from IFC-managed Vietnam Business Forum and Cambodia Private Sector Forum
  • Formal Dialogue mechanism designed to
  • Improve the business enabling environment by providing platform for effective dialogue between the business community and the Government
  • Facilitate information-sharing with potential investors
objectives
Objectives
    • Facilitate dialogue between the goverment of Lao PDR and the private sector, which incudes the broadest private sector participation possible
  • Promote consistent enforcement and non-discretionary interpretation of laws and regulations
      • Remove the barriers that businesses face with regard to entry and exit
  • Provide feedback on various Government policies affecting the private sector
  • Provide feedback on draft Government laws and regulations that could affect the private sector
  • Assist the Lao government in developing the private sector
structure
Structure

Donors

Government

LNCCI, BMOs, WGs

Lao Business Forum

WG Representatives

Inter ministerial

Committee

Secretariat – IFC MPDF

Service & Trading WG

Tourism WG

Energy & Mining WG

Manufacturing WG

process
Process

PSWG – Leaders develop issues, recommend solutions, prepare position papers

Formal WG – PS and IMT meet to discuss and work on high priority issues

Formal bi-annual Forum - Status updates on priority issues by PS and Govt

PSWG –PS meets and identifies issues

Govt agencies decide on solutions

tools research and advocacy
Tools – Research and Advocacy

Private Sector Position Papers

Business Issues Bulletins

current status
Current Status
  • Three of four Private Sector Working Groups established (Manufacturing, Service & Trade, Tourism)
  • Each PSWG has met 2-3 times to raise priority issues and develop Issues Matrix
  • First round of formal WG meetings between PS and IMT completed in January 2006
  • Issues Matrix being updated, position papers being prepared
  • First Forum scheduled for late February 2006
contact information
Contact Information

Lao Businss Forum Secretariat

Mekong Private Sector Development Facility (MPDF)

International Finance Corporation (IFC)

P.O.Box 9690 Vientiane, Lao PDR

Tel: (856 21) 450 017-9 Fax: (856 21) 450 020

Pascale Rouzies

LBF Coordinator

Email: prouzies@ifc.org

Viengsam Soinxay

Program Assistant

Emaill: vsoinxay@ifc.org