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APO Secretary-General’s meeting with Lao PDR Prime Minister Bouasone
21–23 January, 2009

APO Secretary-General Shigeo Takenaka recently visited Lao PDR in conjunction with the National Workshop on Development of the One District, One Product (ODOP) Movement which was supported by the APO and implemented by the Small and Medium Enterprise Promotion and Development Office (SMEPDO), the NPO for Lao PDR, 21−23 January 2009. During his stay in Lao PDR, Secretary-General Takenaka had a series of meetings with Prime Minister Bouasone and other key stakeholders on the ODOP movement as well as productivity promotion.

APO Secretary-General Takenaka's opening remarks is avaialble from here.

000 Secretary-General Takenaka’s visit to Lao PDR and attendance at the workshop on the ODOP movement were reported in the local media.
Courtesy call on Lao Prime Minister Bouasone Bouphavanh (R)
Opening ceremony of the national ODOP workshop
Minister of Industry and Commerce Dr. Nam delivering the welcome address
Secretary-General Takenaka delivering opening remarks

APO Secretary-General Takenaka's opening remarks is avaialble from here.
Meeting with Minister of Industry and Commerce Dr. Nam Viyaketh (R)
Senior executives of SMEPDO, Lao PDR’s NPO, welcoming Secretary-General Takenaka
APO Director for Lao PDR Somdy (R) showing 5S measures in the SMEPDO office
Vice-Governor of Luang Prabang Province (R) presenting a momento to the Secretary-General
Weaving famed Lao raw silk with natural dyes in Luang Prabang