Other Milestones

OTHER MILESTONES

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YEAR 1951

1

Laos joins the Colombo Plan bringing many Lao students to travel to Australia under scholarships.

YEAR 1986

2

Australian volunteer program commences to provide expertise and support to priority sectors. Since 1996 this has included Interplast volunteer teams of surgeons, nurses and health workers to provide plastic surgery, especially to burns victims.

YEAR 1989

3

Australian development scholarship program commences. Today there are over 1200 Alumni.

YEAR 1992

4

Agricultural research cooperation begins with the ACIAR program.

YEAR 1995

5

Laos and Australia sign an Investment Agreement to improve trade and investment between the two countries.

YEAR 2003

6

The Direct Aid Program (DAP) begins supporting small scale projects to reduce poverty. 

YEAR 2005

7

PanAust’s Phu Kham Heap Leach Gold mine commenced operations.

SEP 2005

8

AUSCHAM – Australia Chamber of Commerce was established as the first foreign chamber of commerce in the Lao PDR.

YEAR 2006

9

First Australia – Lao PDR Human Rights Dialogue.

YEAR 2009

10

Australia provided humanitarian assistance for Typhoon Ketsana response.

YEAR 2010

11

Lao PDR joins the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Area (AANZFTA).

YEAR 2013

12

Australian Ambassador Lynda Worthaisong awarded with the Lao Government’s Friendship Medal.

YEAR 2017

13

Australian Ambassador John Williams awarded with the Lao Government’s Friendship Medal.

JUL 2018

14

Australian provides humanitarian relief to help respond to the devastation caused by the collapse of the dam in Attapeu province.

YEAR 2020

15

Australian Ambassador Jean-Bernard Carrasco awarded with the Lao Government’s Friendship Medals.

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