18 Aug Multilateral Trade Visit (MTV)
Recently, ASOCIO Multilateral Trade Visit 2018 was held in Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR from January 23 – 26, 2018. This event was co-hosted by Lao ICT Commerce Association (LICA) and with the collaboration of Ministry of Post and Telecommunications (MPT) of Lao PDR. The objective of this event was to create trade and partnership opportunities with Mongolia ICT companies from 24 economies in the Asia Pacific region.
This time, there were total 27 delegates from more than 7 countries such as Bhutan, Japan, Malaysia, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Taiwan had participated in this trade visit. LICA prepared a welcome dinner to greet all delegates to Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR at the Hang Out Restaurant. On the first day, delegates visited Lao Satellite Company (LAOSAT). All delegates got the chance to visit Lao Satellite Control Center (SCC) and Ground Station broadcast services. LAOSAT is able to provide a range of services and solutions to both domestic and international broadcasters at the southeast peninsula. Being the one and only satellite operator within the entire Lao territory, LAOSAT is fully responsible for the commercial operation of LAOSAT-1 Satellite and mainly engage in Satellite Telecommunications, Satellite Television and WBCN Services.
In the afternoon, delegates went to attend the Lao ICT Expo 2018 opening ceremony at ITEC. There was remark speech given by the Minister of Post and Telecommunications (MPT) of Lao PDR and present digital Key to Deputy Prime Minister. All ASOCIO delegates had the opportunity to take a group photo on stage with the Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Post and Telecommunications (MPT) of Lao PDR. Mr. David Wong Nan Fay (Chairman of ASOCIO) and Ms. Yvonne Chiu (Chairman of WITSA) presented ASOCIO research book and appreciation plaques to the Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Post and Telecommunications (MPT) of Lao PDR when they visited LICA booth at the exhibition hall.
The next day, delegates visited Lao Telecom Company (LTC). Mr. Ken Streutker presented Lao Telecom and Telecommunications in past, present and future of Lao PDR. The delegates had to walk across to Lao National Internet Center (LANIC) for the next event where the high-level ICT industry dialogue was held. There was a presentation by the Ministry of Post and Telecommunications (MPT) of Lao PDR, ASOCIO and LICA. MoU’s were signed between ASOCIO and LICA at LANIC after the discussion between ASOCIO members association and Lao government officials. Mr. David Wong Nan Fay (Chairman of ASOCIO) presented an appreciation plaque to Mr. Thanongsinh Kanlagna (President of LICA) for his hospitality and contribution in hosting the ASOCIO Multilateral Trade Visit 2018.
On the same day, the farewell party were hosted by Lao ICT Commerce Association (LICA) at SmileDee Restaurant. Delegates from the 6th ASEAN CIO Forum join the same dinner with ASOCIO delegates. Delicious food and cocktails were served. There were souvenirs given by LICA as well as karaoke session held at the restaurant. All delegates enjoyed themselves and many photos were taken on that night.