On 5th April 2019, Lao Agriculture Competitiveness Project (LACP) organized the wrap-up meeting for the second Implementation Support Mission of the project. The half-day meeting was held at Donchan Palace Hotel in Vientiane and was co-chaired by Mr. Savanh Hanphom, Deputy Director General of Department of Planning and Finance, and Mr. Binh Thang Cao World Bank Task Team Leader. Representatives from technical departments of Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and Ministry of Industry and Commerce, representatives from the five provincial Department of Agriculture and Forestry and Department of Industry and Commerce, World Bank team and other project stakeholders attended the meeting. The main purpose of the meeting was to summarize the results of the project implementation support mission and to discuss lessons learned from the first six-month of project implementation.
Mr. Binh Thang Cao presented a summary of the progress, issues, outstanding constraints and proposed options to improve and accelerate implementation in key areas of the project. The meeting also discussed project management aspects, such as building capacity of the target provinces on procurement, finance management, and so on.