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PUM Netherlands Senior Experts Ready to Assist Businesses in Laos

PUM helps businesses in Laos

Does your business have an issue that you just cannot resolve? Or do you think your business can achieve more? Do you ever wonder how bigger and more experienced companies have succeeded? Many of us have most definitely given thought to these questions. Unfortunately, a majority of Lao SMEs either do not have the money to hire a professional business consultant or, in the case we do, there is simply no local consultant available with the required knowledge and experience.

Look no further: PUM can help.

What is PUM?

PUM is a non-profit organisation established in in 1978 by the Dutch employers’ federation VNO-NCW, with financial support from the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Since 1978, they have assisted over 40,000 organisations world-wide.

The PUM network includes some 3,000 senior experts who are available to share their knowledge on a one-on-one basis for free either through short-term and repetitive advisory missions, or through online coaching activities. These experts have been sent to many different countries around the world, including Laos, to lend a hand and help businesses and entrepreneurs grow and improve their businesses.

Why not invite a PUM Senior Expert to help you?

The magic word here is invite. When you invite a PUM expert to your country, you only have to pay for his/her board, lodging, interpreter costs (if necessary) and local transportation costs. PUM pays for the expert’s airplane ticket, insurance, visa costs, admin and other expenses. If you should request a follow-up mission you may be asked to contribute to those costs as well.

A PUM consultation mission normally takes two weeks. During this period, a PUM senior expert will work with you intimately and leave practical recommendations for you to follow up. Once she/he has returned home, the expert shall support you remotely with the implementation of the recommendations, via email or conference-call.

What fields/industries does PUM cover?

PUM has experts for the following sectors:

Agriculture & Horticulture

Arts, Crafts, Product Design, Culture, Sport & Mass Media

Building, Construction & Trade

Banking & Insurance

Business Consultancy

Chemical & Synthetic Materials

Food & Beverages Production

Government Services & Unions


Metal Industry

Energy, Water, Waste and Environment/CSR

Electro Technical Industry & Engineering

Paper & Packaging

Printing, Cross-Media & Publishing

Stockbreeding, Fisheries

Tourism, Hotels & Catering

Transport & Logistics


Textile & Leather

Vocational Education & Training

Wood Trade & Timber Processing

Recent Missions of PUM in Laos

The identity of Lao businesses that have chosen to work with PUM are kept confidential. One example of a recent successful mission is Kualao Restaurant, the owner (Mrs. Dalaphone Pholsena) of which was kind enough to share her experience:

“I think one of the best things about the PUM experience was that it gave us fresh insight into the inner workings of our own business that we otherwise would not have had. Our expert was able to notice both large and even the minutest of problems. We had issues across a host of fields and he was able to provide extremely useful recommendations that, when implemented, would not only increase our bottom line but also improve the efficiency of our restaurant. I just know that we’re going to have a great year, this year! To be very honest, when I first read his curriculum vitae, I was a bit skeptical and nervous to be hosting such an intelligent, worldly and experienced expert. But when he arrived, I found him to be patient, understanding and quite down-to-earth. The staff had a great time working with him,” states Pholsena.

How to apply?

For interested businesses, please contact an official PUM country representative.

For Vientiane Capital, please contact Aditta Kittikhoun.

For Paksé, please contact Chris Mulder.

For Luang Prabang: please contact Yoxa Dahm.

Once your application is approved, PUM will send a volunteer senior expert to your business straight from Holland.

Alternatively, one can visit the PUM website for more information.

A lao version of the article can be found here.

Laos Ready to Host 6th ASEM Sustainable Development Dialogue

Laos is ready to host the 6th ASEM Sustainable Development Dialogue (the Danube-Mekong cooperation initiative) at the end of next year.

The upcoming meeting is expected to be held in Pakxe district, Champassak province in southern Laos, which shares the borders with Cambodia and Thailand.

Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Mr Sommad Pholsena, has announced the country’s readiness for this meeting during his meeting with Deputy Minister of Environment and Water of Bulgaria, Ms Atanaska Nikolova.

During the talks, Mr Sommad and Ms Nikolova exchanged their views on mutually interesting issues, according to a recent report by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.

They also agreed to enhance their cooperation between the two ministries and will sign a Memorandum of Understanding in the near future.

Mr Sommad and his delegation met with Ms Nikolova during their participation at the 5th ASEM Sustainable Development Dialogue (the Danube-Mekong Cooperation Initiative), held in Ruse, Bulgaria, on December 1, the ministry said.

The event is part of the annual series in the framework of the ASEM Sustainable Development Dialogue (the Danube-Mekong cooperation initiative), launched by Hungary upon consultations with ASEM partners in 2012, of which Bulgaria is a co-sponsor together with Austria, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, Vietnam, Laos and Thailand.

Before participating in this event, Mr Sommad and his delegates attended the 2nd Budapest Water Summit, held at Millenáris Park in Budapest, Hungary from November 28-30.

The Summit 2016 was organised by the Hungarian government in cooperation with the World Water Council, under the patronage of János Áder, President of Hungary.

The mission of the Summit states that instead of conflicts and global risks, water shall be the source of cooperation, peace and development for all the countries committed to sustainable development.

To this end, participants of the Budapest Water Summit 2016 laid down their proposed solutions for the relevant international bodies by adopting the “Budapest Statement 2016”.

During this summit, Mr Sommad met bilaterally with the Minister of Interior, Mr Sándor Pintér, and had signed the Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation in the field of water resources management in order to enhance cooperation between two ministries.

On this occasion, Mr Sommad also met the Minister for Environment of Luxembourg, Mrs Carole Dieschbourg, and discussed the cooperation between two ministries, especially the result of the 22nd Conference of Parties (COP 22) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, which just was organised from November 7-18 in Morocco.


Source: Vientiane Times

City Authorities Ready for That Luang Celebrations

Vientiane authorities are preparing many activities for the 450th anniversary celebrations of the national icon, the That Luang stupa, next month with its restoration set to be complete on time.

A meeting to discuss preparations for the stupa’s 450th anniversary celebrations took place in the capital on Friday and was attended by Vientiane Mayor Dr Sinlavong Khoutphaythoune, Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism Prof. Dr Bosengkham Vongdara, other officials, monks and novices.

Prof. Dr Bosengkham Vongdara said this year’s celebrations were very important as they mark a historic milestone – the 450th anniversary of the That Luang stupa’s construction.

The organising committee said the celebrations would be held during the That Luang Festival with many activities and the night fair running from November 12-14. The activities include the wax castle procession, to include 450 of the colourful structures, as well as the traditional game of tikhy (similar to hockey) between the country’s leaders and officials.

However, the highlight will be the completion of the That Luang stupa restoration project with the project committee confirming that repairs to the stupa would be completed ahead of the festival.

The restoration involves work to improve the main structure, paintwork, surrounding garden, drainage channels, electrical system and other features, notably the gold leaf to be placed on the top of the stupa.

This morning Vientiane authorities started to place more than 10 kilogrammes of gold leaf on the central spire.

During the That Luang Festival large numbers of local folk and visitors can be seen carrying silver bowls with flowers, candles and incense walking towards the That Luang esplanade to pay homage to the grand golden stupa and the sacred artefacts that surround it.

There will also be a street fair, along with performances by Lao artists and traditional dance shows.

One of the main rituals is for people to give offerings around the That Luang Stupa on the last day of the festival.

The stupa was originally built during the ancient Khmer civilisation, when Vientiane was inhabited by people known as the Cham. Researchers believe the structure was originally a four-sided stone obelisk.

The site was built as a place for people to worship and pray to idols.

The structure was renovated on the orders of King Xay setthathirath in the 16th century when the original site was covered with a bigger stupa. From then on the monument took the name That Luang, or Grand Stupa.

The Cham period saw the second wave of Buddhism in Laos. Under the patronage of Emperor Ashokka of India, the venerable monks Sona and Outala and five scholars brought what believers understand to be pieces of the pelvic bone of Lord Buddha to Vientiane in the Buddhist calendar year 218 (BCE), when they were stored at Phou Luang hill.

The ruler of Vientiane at that time, Lord Chanthabouly Phasitthisack, had a stupa built over the obelisk in 236 BCE. The sacred site was then named Pha Chedi Lokachulamany.

According to the legend of the That Phanom Stupa, also known as Tamnan Oulangkhathat, Emperor Ashokka authorised the relics to be placed inside the That Luang stupa in Vientiane.

The same legend claims that the remains of Lord Buddha were distributed to all corners of the globe where there were Buddhist followers and his ashes were placed inside 84,000 stupas. This number corresponds to the 84,000 points that believers are required to study in the tripitaka (Buddhist scriptures).


Source: Vientiane Times

Hin Namnor Ready for UNESCO Submission Next Year

The submission to world heritage list of the HinNamnor National Protected Area in Khammuan province is scheduled to be deliviered to UNESCO early next year after Laos approves related documents.

Lao Fashion Week Ready to Dazzle

The nation’s top talent in design and modelling are gearing up for the excitement of next week’s Lao Fashion Week 2016 in the capital.

Korean Volunteers Ready to Contribute to Development Call in Laos

Nine volunteers from the Republic of Korea are getting accustomed to the customs, culture, cuisine and vernacular of Laos ahead of formal duty commencement after the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) dispatched them to the country this month.

Information, Culture and Tourism Ready to Serve Asean Summit

The Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism is ready to host the information, arts and cultural performances during the 28th and 29th ASEAN Summit, which will be held from September 6-8 in Vientiane.

Laos’ Only Professional Cyclist Ready for Olympic Close-Up

Laos is not known for producing world-class athletes, let alone Olympian cyclists. In fact, the tiny Southeast Asian country known officially as the Lao People’s Democratic Republic never makes global sports headlines. It is a placid place of just under seven million squeezed on the map between far more populous and famous countries.