ICSU ROAP meets Lao PDR National Science Council (NSC)
The National Science Council of Lao PDR was established in 2002 to promote the development of scientific research activities in Laos. It was anticipated that such activities would be gradually upgraded to include activities at the international level. In December 2007 Laos established the National Authority of Science and Technology (NAST). This is a major boost for the development of science in Laos and ICSU can have a significant role to play, through its Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, in enhancing the ability of scientists from Laos to participate in research programmes in the region that will benefit Laos. Details of the Lao National Policy on Science and Technology may be accessed from the following link (Lao National Science and Technology Policy .pdf) However Laos is not yet a member of ICSU.
The ICSU Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ROAP) held in-depth discussions with the NSC on 5 September 2008 in Vientiane to encourage Laos to become a member of ICSU . Present at the meeting were the Vice President of NSC, Dr Maydom Chantanansinh, the Director General of the National Authority of Science and Technology, the Deputy Director General of Cabinet, the Deputy Director of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), and all the Directors of the divisions within (NAST). Ir. Somphone Phanousith, the Permanent Secretary of the National Science Council who is also the Secretary General of the Lao Union of Science and Engineering (LUSEA) graced the visit by ICSU with a memento from Lao PDR.