March 16, 2018 - Vientiane, Lao PDR

IWD Presenter Profile - Lao National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LNCCI)     

The Lao National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LNCCI) supports its members by providing capacity building, providing a platform for employers to find skilled workers and seek partnerships to improve private sector engagement. LNCCI is a partner in the World Bank-managed Trade Development Facility II, in which Australia is one of the multiple donors.

Women in the private sector face a number challenges to participate in the labour force of Lao PDR. These include:

  • Ethnic women and women with disability face particular challenges when accessing the labour market and have limited capital assets to establish an enterprise.

  • Women are more likely to experience interpersonal violence in the family and workplace which affects their confidence to learn, train and seek career progression.

  • Gender roles can constrain women’s ability to negotiate and make decisions in the family about investment, business development and financial management.

LNCCI is focused on addressing barriers faced by women in the private sector. For example through a partnership with the Women’s Enterprise project, it supports the improvement of labour laws and regulations to protect migrant female workers and garment workers.

ສະພາການຄ້າ ແລະ ອຸດສາຫະກໍາແຫ່ງ ສປປ ລາວ (LNCCI) ສະຫນັບສະຫນູນການສ້າງຄວາມສາມາດໃຫ້ແກ່ບັນດາບໍລິສັດທີ່ເປັນສະມາຊິກແລະ ສະໜອງຊ່ອງທາງໃຫ້ແກ່ນາຍຈ້າງ ໃນການຊອກຫາພະນັກງານທີ່ມີທັກສະ ແລະ ຄູ່ຮ່ວມທຸລະກິດ ເພື່ອປັບປຸງການມີສ່ວນຮ່ວມຂອງພາກເອກະຊົນ. ສະພາການຄ້າ ແມ່ນຄູ່ຮ່ວມງານຂອງໂຄງການ ພັດທະນາເພື່ອການຄ້າໄລຍະທີ II ທີ່ບໍລິຫານໂດຍທະນາຄານໂລກທະນາຄານໂລກ, ເຊິ່ງລັດທະບານອົດສະຕາລີກໍ່ເປັນຫນຶ່ງໃນຜູ້ໃຫ້ທຶນ.


ແມ່ຍິງໃນພາກເອກະຊົນພົບພໍ້ສິ່ງທ້າທາຍຫລາຍຢ່າງໃນຕະຫຼາດແຮງງານ ຢູ່ ສປປ ລາວ.


·         ຜູ້ຍິງຊົນເຜົ່າ ແລະ ຜູ້ຍິງພິການ ພົບສິ່ງທ້າທາຍຫລາຍຢ່າງ ເມື່ອເຂົ້າເຖິງຕະຫລາດແຮງງານ ແລະ ມີຂໍ້ຈຳກັດທາງດ້ານເງິນທຶນໃນການສ້າງຕັ້ງທຸລະກິດ.

·         ຜູ້ຍິງແມ່ນມັກຈະພົບກັບຄວາມຮຸນແຮງທີ່ເກີດຂຶ້ນພາຍໃນຄອບຄົວ ແລະ ບ່ອນເຮັດວຽກ ທີ່ສົ່ງຜົນກະທົບຕໍ່ຄວາມຫມັ້ນໃຈຂອງພວກເຂົາ ຕໍ່ການຮຽນຮູ້, ການຝຶກອົບຮົມ ແລະ ຄວາມກ້າວຫນ້າໃນຫນ້າທີ່ວຽກງານ.

·         ບົດບາດຍິງ­ຊາຍ ສາມາດເປັນອຸປະສັກຕໍ່ ຄວາມສາມາດຂອງຜູ້ຍິງໃນການຕໍ່ລອງ ແລະ ການຕັດສິນໃຈໃນຄອບຄົວກ່ຽວກັບການລົງທຶນ, ການພັດທະນາທຸລະກິດ ແລະ ການບໍລິຫານດ້ານການເງິນ.


ສະພາການຄ້າ ແລະ ອຸດສະຫະກໍາ ໄດ້ແນໃສ່ການແກ້ໄຂບັນດາອຸປະສັກທີ່ຜູ້ຍິງໃນພາກເອກະຊົນພົບພໍ້. ຕົວຢ່າງເຊັ່ນ: ກິດຈະກຳການຮ່ວມມືກັບໂຄງການພັດທະນາວິສາຫະກິດຂອງຜູ້ຍິງ ທີ່ສະຫນັບສະຫນູນການປັບປຸງກົດຫມາຍແຮງງານ ແລະ ລະບຽບການ ເພື່ອປົກປ້ອງຜູ້ອອກແຮງງານ(ຜູ້ຍິງ)ຍ້າຍຖິ່ນ ແລະ ຜູ້ອອກແຮງງານໃນໂຮງງານຕັດຫຍິບ.



A significant step towards developing a centralised and coherent approach to monitor all Official Development Assistance (ODA) in the Lao PDR has been taken with the handover of a new ODA management information system (MIS) between the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) and development partners on Wednesday.

DFAT Social Development Specialist, Ms Mia Urbano presented Australia’s initiatives that promote gender equality and disability inclusion in innovative ways at the International Women’s Day 2018 workshop held by the Embassy.

Ms Phatsala Insalong is self-employed operating a t-shirt printing business with 8 staff members. She is one of the 18 participants of a Disability Inclusive Development English language program funded by Australian Aid under the Laos Australia Institute. Her story was presented at the International Women’s Day 2018 workshop held by the Australian Embassy in Laos PDR.

The NGO Consortium funded by the Basic Education Quality Access in Lao PDR (BEQUAL) program provides small grants in target communities to enable out-of-school children to participate in learning activities. A whole of community approach is used to respond to the needs of girls and children with a disability

The population of Lao PDR has low access to formal banking (25% of people save at a bank) and informal savings (by 37% of people). The Access to Finance for the Poor (AFP) program implemented by GIZ and funded by Australia Aid aims to improve financial inclusion of poor households in 6 targeted districts

The Oxfam Inclusion Project is funded by Australia’s Greater Mekong Water Resource Program to strengthen women capacity and participation in water governance in Mekong region

On March 7th, the Australian Embassy in Laos and the Laos Australia Development Learning Facility celebrated the importance of International Women’s Day by holding a cross-learning workshop focused on gender equality and disability inclusion in the Lao PDR.

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