(KPL) Singaporean Ambassador Leow Siu Lin and Australian Ambassador Jean-Bernard Carrasco joined the Head of the Committee for External Relations of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party, Ms Sounthone Xayachack to launch a training course on ‘Effective Public Speaking and Negotiation Skills’.

Jointly sponsored by the governments of Australia and Singapore, the training was initiated by Ms Sounthone to increase the English capacity, negotiation and presentation skills of senior members of the Committee for External Relations of the Party Central Committee.

During the opening ceremony at the Laos-Singapore Cooperation Centre (LSCC), Ms Leow Siu Lin, said that Singapore and Australia have jointly conducted more than 20 programmes since 1996 for over 500 participants mainly from ASEAN countries.

These courses covered topics such as public administration, disaster management, economic development, and environment and urban development.

Ms Leow Siu Lin was also delighted to hold this training programme for staff of the Committee for External Relations of the Party Central Committee, which can be seen as a follow up to last year’s course on “Intermediate English Language and Communication Skills” which was very well-received. 

Mr Jean-Bernard Carrasco noted that, as the Lao PDR is a member of ASEAN and increasingly active on the international stage, it is important for Lao officials to have strong English language capabilities.

“Given ASEAN and Laos’ commitments to English language proficiency, it is a great pleasure to be able to work in partnership with another ASEAN member – Singapore, in bringing this training programme to you all today. Australia is the first dialogue partner for ASEAN and is always looking for opportunities to work together with our ASEAN friends,” said Mr Carrasco.   

At the ceremony, Ms Sounthone Xayachak expressed her appreciation to the governments of Australia and Singapore for organising and sponsoring this training course. She said that she looks forward to more similar courses in the future for the Party’s officials.

The training runs from 2-13 September at the Laos-Singapore Cooperation Centre and participants, half of which are women, include officials of the Committee for External Relations of the Party Central Committee, Lao Women’s Union and Lao Youth Union.

KPL