On this date sixty years ago, 30 August 1957, the journey of brotherhood and cooperation between Indonesia and Laos had started.
After 60 years of friendship, people of Indonesia and Laos can now enjoy a robust bilateral relation which bring benefits to the people of both countries.
Such achievements that can only be reached with hard work and strong commitment between both the Governments and the people.
However, there are still room for improvement especially in the field of economic cooperation.
The trade volume, investment value and number of tourists are still not reflecting the real potential of cooperation between the two countries.
Therefore, any potential of cooperation should be more introduced through activities such as business networking, business matching, participating in a trade, investment and tourism expo and others.
In terms of ASEAN, Indonesia and Laos are able to maintain a good cooperation. During Laos ASEAN Chairmanship 2016, Indonesia showed its full support and provided necessary assistance to Laos.
The success of Laos ASEAN Chairmanship was a confirmation that Lao leaders obtain a high capacity of diplomatic skills.
The theme of this year 60th Anniversary Indonesia � Lao PDR Bilateral Relation is ROBUST@60:NOW&BEYOND.
To make the celebration memorable, the Embassy is planning to organize some events, which include the Trade and Tourism Fair (TTF) on 22-24 September at the Vientiane Centre featuring Government agencies and companies who have partners in Indonesia or Laos.
On top of that, TTF will also provide programmes including workshop on the art of packaging for Laos SME’s, workshop on how to make a good batik and some product presentation and fashion show.
As for the main event, a Gala Dinner will be organized during the evening of the 6th of October 2017 in Grand Ballroom, Landmark Convention Centre.
Prior to this, a seminar and photo exhibition will also be organized by the Embassy.
It is not only the responsibility of the Government to enhance cooperation between Indonesia and the Lao PDR.
However, it is now the era of ASEAN Community which can provide greater opportunity for the people of Indonesia and the Lao PDR to take a bigger role and strengthen relationship and cooperation.
Therefore with this message, I wish to encourage all people of the Lao PDR and Indonesia to explore the potentials and build a network which can bring more opportunities for cooperation.
For those who already have a cooperation, I ask to always look for new opportunities and widen your existing prospect.
Happy 60th Anniversary of Bilateral Cooperation to Indonesia and the Lao PDR
Irmawan Emir Wisnandar, Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to the Lao PDR
Source: Lao News Agency