Laos is today at crossroads of a booming continental ASEAN. This is one of the fastest growing regions in the world, in a sustainable way. Laos is a trading country and a gateway that provides commercial access to the ASEAN Economic Community with more than 600 million people and a GDP that will reach 3 trillion USD before 2020.

« The Ventiane Rendez-Vous » is primarily an economic event, organized by a French-Lao cooperation in public/private sectors to promote investments in Laos and demonstrate the relevance for all parties. It is aimed to showcase for the whole European business community and policymakers the potential of ASEAN in general and Laos in particular.

The Lao authorities and the City of Ventiane have supported our efforts since we first started in 2013. The list of associated companies and institutions continues to grow: the European Union, the French Business Confederation MEDEF, the French General Confederation of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises CGPME, the French Foreign Trade Advisors Committee CNCCEF, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Paris Ile-de-France, the International Organisation of La Francophonie, the Francophonie Business Forum, French and the European Chambers of Commerce of Vietnam, Singapore, Thailand, The Lao National Chamber of Commerce, the City of Paris, and many others.

Beyond pure economic interests, the Ventiane Rendez-Vous wishes to engage in the humanistic and cultural tradition of friendship between our two countries and honor the commitments of the Paris Conference (COP 21) to the sustainable development of Laos. This is why the Vientiane Rendez-Vous will include a conference on climate change and sustainable development in Laos, as well as a round table on cultural heritage and sustainable tourism industry, in cooperation with Pacific Asia Travel Association. Furthermore, a seminar by the Francophonie Business Forum and the International Organisation of La Francophonie will take place during this week.

Of course, the « french touch » will be on display in all its excellence throughout the week of prestigious events. Culture and gastronomy will complement a high quality program in which prominent personalities have already decided to join.

Our gathering will take in the hard facts and the everyday life of business leaders & policymakers. This will be much more than just another event, but will be a gateway to a region whose economic vitality is an integral part of our economic future.

Finally, the Ventiane Rendez-Vous intends to evolve over time. In odd-numbered years, January will be the month of Ventiane Rendez-Vous, whose international economic forum will work towards strengthening Europe-ASEAN relations, as the key to future growth.