Department of foreign trade policy

Divisions

1. General Affairs Division

Roles and function

  1. To responsible for secretarial duties of the department including to keep a log of document flows and to assist the Director Generals to monitor, enhance, record and summarize the implementation outcome of the department;
  2. To be directly responsible for management of organization and personnel as well as human resource development of the department;
  3. To be responsible for protocol affairs and public relations;
  4. To draw up [plans], monitor and summarize the implantation, and to carry out a weekly, monthly, quarterly, six months, and annual reports;
  5. To study and create a budget plan for the department, manage the spending, and summarize the budget implementation;
  6. To be centrally responsible for management of official development assistance (ODA) projects of the department and responsible for economic cooperation;
  7. To responsible for parchments of the department
  8. To study and summarize comments of the divisions on the documents regarding the department’s affairs
  9. To cooperate with the divisions and other concerned sectors in order to disseminate the international integration and other affairs of the department;
  10. To summarize and provide information with regard to the divisions’ and department’s affairs;
  11. To manage the department’s property (equipment, vehicles, and others);
  12. To be responsible for the management and development of the information center of the department;
  13. To Implement other duties as agreed and assigned by the Director General.

 

Staff member

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Anouphab SAYASENSOUK

Director

General Affairs Division

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Phone THIPPHALANGSY

Deputy Director

General Affairs Division

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Dalivone SENGKHAMYONG

Trade Officer

General Affairs Division

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Darivanh OUTHENTHAPANYA

Trade Officer

General Affairs Division

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Vannapha ONEXAYVIENG

Trade Officer

General Affairs Division

2. Trade Rules and Compliance Division

Roles and function

  1. To research, review, and propose policies and strategies for bilateral trade negotiation in consultation with other concerned sectors;
  2. To be responsible to handle legal negotiation for Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) in cooperation with other concerned sectors;
  3. To be responsible for E-commerce negotiation in cooperation with other concerned sectors;
  4. To study and inspect the consistency between domestic laws and regulations and the commitments from trade agreements that Lao PDR has been a party to;
  5. To be a key player to process and coordinate with concerned sectors to engage in trade dispute settlement with regard to trade agreements that Lao PDR has been a party to, in order to protect the legitimate rights and interests of Laotian Business as well as the Laotian economy.
  6. To carry out the ratification process for the trade agreement signed by the government under the scope of function of the Department of Foreign Trade Policy, as well as accession to an international trade agreement;
  7. To create policies and legislation regarding E-commerce in consultation with concerned sectors;
  8. to compile and provide information with regard to the affairs of the division; and
  9. To Implement other duties as agreed and assigned by the Director General.

 

Staff member

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Sonethanou SINGDALA

Director

Trade Rules and Compliance Division

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Souchitta SRITHIRATH

Deputy Director

Trade Rules and Compliance Division

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Phetduangchai Choummaly

Deputy Director

Trade Rules and Compliance Division

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Chinsouda PHETCHANTHARATH

Trade Officer

Trade Rules and Compliance Division

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Sinthavanh Chanthavong

Trade Officer

Trade Rules and Compliance Division

3. Multilateral Trade Division

Roles and function

  1. To research, review, and propose a policy and strategy for negotiation in a multilateral trade agreement in consultation with other concerned sectors;
  2. To play a central role in multilateral trade negation in World Trade Organization – WTO frameworks;
  3. To be responsible for researching and coordinating with other concerned sectors in order to review, draft a regulation and to monitor the implementation of trade remedies within [the integration under] multilateral trade agreements;
  4. To be responsible for researching and coordinating with other concerned sectors in order to make a Lao trade policy review [regarding integration] under the WTO;
  5. To notify the WTO secretariat about revision or issuance of measure and law under commitments to the WTO;
  6. To be a focal point to the representative office in Geneva, in the affairs of the WTO;
  7. To coordinate and cooperate with the WTO Secretariat as well as the WTO’s members in the affairs regarding multilateral trade integration;
  8. To coordinate with the divisions and other related sectors to disseminate and enhance the implementation of the commitments of Lao PDR under multilateral trade integration;
  9. To be a coordinator for the related departments whose duties are on economic integration under multilateral trade integration;
  10. To responsible for cooperation mechanism under the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) between Lao PDR and the United State;
  11. To be responsible for cooperation mechanism and technical assistance under multilateral trade integrations;
  12. To compile and provide information with regards to the division’s duties;
  13. To Implement other duties as agreed and assigned by the Director General.

Staff member

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Vilayphone XINDAVONG

Director

Multilateral Trade Division

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Xaymongkhoun LATSAVONG

Deputy Director

Multilateral Trade Division

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Souvipha INTHAVONG

Trade Officer

Multilateral Trade Division

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Palivanh PHOMDOUANGSY

Trade Officer

Multilateral Trade Division

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Phetsangium Chanthalangsee

Trade Officer

Multilateral Trade Division

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Silisack MALAVONG

Trade Policy Drafter

Multilateral Trade Division

4. Regional Economic Division

Roles and function

  1. To research, review, and propose policies and strategies for regional and sub-regional trade negotiations in consultation with other concerned sectors;
  2. To enhance, monitor, and summarize the commitments implementation of Lao PDR, ASEAN members, and dialogue partners under regional or sub-regional trade agreements, which Lao PDR has been a party to;
  3. To notify the ASEAN Secretariat or other focal points of the dialogue partners about laws and regulations revision or creation, that relate to the regional and sub-regional trade agreements that Lao PDR has been a party to;
  4. To coordinate and cooperate with the ASEAN Secretariat and sub-regional trade agreement secretariats as well as the ASEAN members, members of the regional and sub-regional trade agreement on affairs regarding sub-regional and regional economic cooperation;
  5. To coordinate with the divisions and other concerned sectors to disseminate, enhance, monitor the implementation of the trade agreements under ASEAN economic cooperation, ASEAN Dialogue Partners, and other sub-regional cooperation;
  6. To be responsible for and be a focal point for affairs under the SEOM, AEM, ASEAN Summit, ASEAN Dialogue Partner, ASEM, others;
  7. To be a focal point for the national unit of the ASEAN Free Trade Agreement (AFTA);
  8. To be responsible for and be a focal point for affairs regarding international cooperation and technical assistance under regional and sub-region economic cooperation;
  9. To monitor the implementation of the economic cooperation under the ASEAN Economic Community in order to report to the government in an appropriate manner;
  10. To compile and provide information regarding the affairs of the division; and
  11. To Implement other duties as agreed and assigned by the Director General.

Staff member

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Sengaloune Vilaysack

Director

Regional Economic Division

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Toulasay PHANTHAVONG

Deputy Director

Regional Economic Division

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Viengsakhone BOUNPAKOB

Trade Officer

Regional Economic Division

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Souphaphone BOUTTAVONG

Trade Officer

Regional Economic Division

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5. Trade in Goods Division

Roles and function

    1. To research, review, and propose policies and strategies for the negotiation of trade in goods, in particular, product list and tariff rate which is going to be liberalized in collaboration with relevant sectors.
    2. To research, review, and propose policies and strategies for the negotiation of Rule of Origin and non-tariff barriers in collaboration with relevant sectors.
    3. To be responsible for and be a focal point for negotiation of trade in goods, Rule of Origin, non-tariff measures, and trade facilitation under the trade agreements in collaboration with relevant sectors;
    4. To monitor, enhance, and summarize the implementation of trade in goods liberalization, Rule of Origins, non-tariffs measures, and trade facilitation under the trade agreements in collaboration with relevant sectors;
    5. To notify the WTO Secretariat, ASEAN Secretariat, and other relevant dialogue partners on the revision and issuance of laws affecting trade in goods including information relating to Sanitary-Phytosanitary (SPS) and Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT);
    6. To play a central role in researching the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) granted by other countries to Lao PDR as well as to monitor the implementation;
    7. To compile and provide information on the activities of the division;
    8. To Implement other duties as agreed and assigned by the Director General.

Staff member

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Itthilith NGANGNOUVONG

Director

Trade in Goods Division

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Somphone PHADY

Trade Officer

Trade in Goods Division

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Savankham PHONGSAVATH

Trade Officer

Trade in Goods Division

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Phetlany YATHOTU

Trade Officer

Trade in Goods Division

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Phetpasong KHAMBOUNHEUANG

Trade Officer

Trade in Goods Division

6. Trade in Services Division

Roles and function

    1. To research, review, and propose policies and strategies with respect to negotiations on trade in services and investment in service in collaboration with relevant sectors;
    2. To research and formulate a list of commitments on trade in services in collaboration with relevant sectors;
    3. To attend negotiation meetings on trade and investment in services of Lao PDR in cooperation with relevant sectors
    4. Follow up and support the implementation of commitments on trade and investment of Lao PDR under multilateral, bilateral, regional and sub-regional frameworks;
    5. To play a central role to develop and manage the Lao Trade Service Portal;
    6. To notify the WTO Secretariat, ASEAN Secretariat, APTA Secretariat and other relevant dialogue partners on the revision and issuance of regulations and laws affecting trade and investment in services as well as to be an inquiry point regarding trade in services;
    7. to compile and provide information on the activities of the division;
    8. Implement other duties as agreed and assigned by the Director General.

Staff member

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Phutsakhone Sengmaniphon

Director

Trade in Services Division

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Onida VINAVONG

Deputy Director

Trade in Services Division

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Philaythong Chitmany

Trade Officer

Trade in Services Division

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Souphunsa Gnonphachan

Trade Officer

Trade in Services Division

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Hatsachanh THAMMATHEVA

Trade Officer

Trade in Services Division