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European Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Laos launches Luang Prabang chapter

The European Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Laos launches its Luang Prabang Chapter and its Hospitality Advocacy Working Group

ECCIL EuroCham Laos on February 24 officially launched its Luang Prabang chapter during a networking event by its Platinum Sponsor AIF.
“An important partner supporting the growth and outreach of local and foreign businesses, ECCIL is pleased to officially expand to the heritage city and contribute to the development of the local business community,” Dilip Jesuthasan, Board Member of ECCIL and Director General of Best Telecom, said in his opening speech.


“As a key vector of development for the tourism sector and contributor to local economic growth, Luang Prabang is also the ideal market to launch the Hospitality Advocacy Group, giving ECCIL the opportunity to keep building strong ties with the business community in Laos,” he added.
During the eventful evening, the AIF Group introduced their latest venture OneX, an e-commerce marketplace accessible directly in the BCEL One bank app, to the Luang Prabang business community.
“We were very excited to introduce OneX to the vibrant Luang Prabang community and ECCIL members. Already offering goods from more than 5,000 merchants, access to a user base of over a million users active on BCEL One, and nationwide coverage thanks to the integration of third party logistics services, we strongly believe we can help local businesses supercharge their online footprint while offering a comprehensive online shopping experience to everyone living in Laos,” said Thomas Courrèges, Chief Executive Officer of OneX.
Recently released in Vientiane in partnership with the BCEL bank and constantly expanding its local network of merchants, social sellers and corporate partners, OneX is now available in the rest of the country with the aim to help digitalise local MSMEs and enable simple and affordable ecommerce to all.
The Chamber handed over membership certificates to its new members in Luang Prabang, including the KS Resort Luangprabang (Sofitel & 3Nagas), Pullman, Avani, Sanctuary Hotel, Discover Laos, Saffron Coffee, Khopfa Mekong Cruise, Lao Friends Hospital for Children, and The Hiker Laos, who travelled from Luang Namtha province to attend the event.
The Chamber also handed over a cheque for US$10,000 to the Lao Friends Hospital for Children in Luang Prabang, raised during a benefit organised to celebrate its 10th anniversary.
In addition, Agroforex, which is an ECCIL Platinum sponsor, donated 32 million kip to the Lao Friends Hospital for Children, as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility programme, continuing the dynamic of businesses dedicating funds to valuable causes.


“We are happy to join the ECCIL initiative for donation to the Lao Friends Hospital for Children in Luang Prabang,” said Adriano Chagnaud from Agroforex.
“This contribution is part of our long term engagement in Luang Prabang where we have two branches, for regrouping productions and development. We have been consistently investing in different aspects of production for more than 10 years, in 33 villages in three districts. The hospital and its development programme will potentially be able to welcome children coming from this area of production.”
The event closed with the official launch of the ECCIL Hospitality Advocacy Working Group.
“Advocacy provides ECCIL EuroCham members with a platform to engage in dialogue with the Lao government about implementation issues and other obstacles to doing business, while proposing ways to strengthen overall competitiveness and attractiveness for trade and investment. It is a service provided by the Chamber to its members so that they have a forum in which they can address their sector’s needs and common issues,” said ECCIL EuroCham Executive Director, Thiane Khamvongsa, when introducing the working group.
She further added “While we do have other sectorial advocacy groups in Vientiane, it made sense to launch the hospitality advocacy working group here in Luang Prabang. Advocacy groups are particularly important for SMEs as they give them a broader forum for making their opinions heard as one voice. It is a tool that aims to assist through the collective feedback of the private sector.”

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