Dissemination on RCEP Agreement for Lao PDR
8 December 2022

The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) - the world’s largest trade deal - came into effect in early 2022. For Lao PDR, RCEP will create favourable trade, investment, and tourism conditionsTo increase awareness of the agreement and the opportunities created by it, ERIA’s Capacity Building Programme, in collaboration with the Ministry of Industry and Commerce (MOIC), brings the socialisation of RCEP chapters, benefits and opportunities to the regional level in northern and southern provinces of Laos.

The regional workshop will focus on a session on the overall provision of RCEP, sessions
dedicated to explain RCEP chapter related to the specific characteristic of the host city, followed by panel discussion from government and business sector.

  1. Overview and explanation RCEP Agreement.
  2. Potential benefits of the specific chapter related to characteristic of the host city (i.e: in LuangPrabang the workshop will explore RCEP Chapter on Trade in Service and Investment whilethe Savannakhet workshop will explore RCEP Chapter on Trade in Goods).
  3. Exchange discussion between government and business sector on the implementation
    process, opportunities and challenges of RCEP.

Event Details

1. Luang Prabang Workshop (online registration available)

  • Date : Thursday, 8 December 2022 
  • Time : 08.30 AM - 4.15 PM (Lao time, UTC+7)

2. Savannakhet Workshop (on-site only)

  • Date : Tuesday, 13 December 2022
  • Time : 08.30 – 4.15 (Lao time, UTC+7)

Agenda

Thursday, 8 December 2022

8:30AM - 9AM 

Opening Remarks

  • Head of Provincial Administration Office (TBC)
  • Mr Saysana Sayakone, Director General of Foreign Trade Policy, Ministry of Industry and Commerce
  • Mr Jeremy Gross, Director of Capacity Building, ERIA

Moderator: MOIC

9AM - 9:45AM

Overview of the RCEP Agreement

  • Ms Vilayphone Xindavong, Deputy Director General, Ministry of Industry and Commerce

Q&A

9:45AM - 10AM

Break

10AM - 11AM

Trade in Services Chapter under RCEP

  • Mr Nongchith Khambounheuang, Director, Department of Foreign Trade Policy, Ministry of Industry and Commerce

Q&A

11AM - 12PM

Investment Chapter under RCEP

  • Ms Thidavanh Chongchith, Department of Investment Promotion, Ministry of Planning and Investment

Q&A

12PM - 1.30PM

Lunch

1:30 - 2:45PM

Panel Discussion

How could businesses in Luang Prabang benefit from Trade in Services and Investment provisions under RCEP Agreement? What are possible challenges and opportunities that could be identified?

  • Mr Nongchith Khambounheuang, Director, Department of Foreign Trade Policy, Ministry of Industry and Commerce
  • Ms Thidavanh Chongchith, Department of Investment Promotion, Ministry of Planning and Investment
  • Representatives from Tourism association in Luang Prabang (TBC)
  • Representatives from Division of Industry and Commerce of LPB Province (TBC)

Q&A

Moderated by Dr Pakaiphone Syphoxy

2:45PM - 3PM

Break

3PM - 4PM

Panel Discussion

How to strengthen coordination mechanism between public and private sectors on decision-making and policy development processes?

  • Representatives from Division of Industry and Commerce of LPB Province (TBC)
  • Representatives from LPB Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TBC)
  • Representative from Tourism Association in LPB (TBC)

Q&A

Moderated by Representative from DFTP
4PM - 4:15PM

Closing Remarks

  • Head of Provincial Administration Office (TBC)
  • Mr Saysana Sayakone, Director General of Foreign Trade Policy, Ministry of Industry and Commerce

Tuesday, 13 December 2022

8:30AM - 9AM

Opening Remarks

  • Head of Provincial Administration Office (TBC)
  • Mr Saysana Sayakone, Director General of Foreign Trade Policy, Ministry of Industry and Commerce
  • Mr Jeremy Gross, Director of Capacity Building, ERIA

Moderator: MOIC

9AM - 9:30AM

Overview of the RCEP Agreement

  • Ms Vilayphone Xindavong, Deputy Director General, Ministry of Industry and Commerce
9:30AM - 9:45AM

Break

9:45AM - 11:15AM

Trade in Goods and Rules of Origin under RCEP

  • Somphone Phady, Director, Department of Foreign Trade Policy, Ministry of Industry and Commerce
  • Phoxai Inthaboualy, Deputy Director, Department of Import and Export, Ministry of Industry and Commerce

Q&A

11:15AM - 12PM

Customs Procedures and Trade Facilitation (CPTF) under RCEP

  • Representative from Customs Department, Ministry of Finance (TBC)

Q&A

 12PM - 1:30PM

Lunch

 1:30PM - 2:45PM

Panel Discussion

How could businesses in Savannakhet benefit from Trade in Goods, Rules of Origin and CPFT provisions under RCEP Agreement? What are possible challenges and opportunities that could be identified?

  • Mr Somphone Phady, Director, Department of Foreign Trade Policy, Ministry of Industry and Commerce
  • Mr Phoxai Inthaboualy, Deputy Director, Department of Import and Export, Ministry of Industry and Commerce
  • Representative from Customs Department, Ministry of Finance (TBC)
  • Representatives from Import-Export businesses in Savannakhet (TBC)

Q&A

Moderated by Dr Pakaiphone Syphoxy
 2:45PM - 3PM

Break

 3PM - 4PM

Panel Discussion

How to strengthen coordination mechanism between public and private sectors on decision-making and policy development processes?

  • Representatives from Division of Industry and Commerce of Savannaket Province (TBC)
  • Representatives from Savannaket Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TBC)
  • Representative from Special and Economic Zone Management Committee (TBC)
  • Representative from SEZ Investor (TBC)

Q&A

Moderated by Representative from DFTP
 4PM - 4:15PM

 Closing Remarks

  • Head of Provincial Administration Office (TBC)
  • Mr Saysana Sayakone, Director General of Foreign Trade Policy,
Ministry of Industry and Commerce

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