About Us


Australian Ambassador to Lao PDR



The Australia Chamber of Commerce was established in September 2005, as the first foreign chamber of commerce in the Lao PDR. Austcham Lao was set up to represent Australian and New Zealand business interests to government and non-government agencies in Laos whilst delivering a range of services to its members. But over the years we have become more than that. We have grown to be one of the largest and most active foreign chambers of commerce in Lao PDR. And we work across the business community to help to support and grow the Lao PDR economy and uplift the operating environment. Our membership is now from many different countries and spans companies in a diverse range of industries including mining, agriculture, banking, tourism, UXO clearance, consumer goods distribution, hospitality and hydropower and we continue to see more interest in membership with Austcham from other sectors. Our role has evolved to bring the business community of Lao PDR together, whether that be individuals doing business, government officials wanting to know more about the industries we represent, existing businesses wanting to grow their interests in the market or new business wanting to enter for the first time. And as to being from Australia or New Zealand – we like to welcome everyone to what we see as a growing and exciting business community here in the Lao PDR.

Our Constitution


We are an inclusive chamber with our Board of Directors representing the diversity of our membership base. We are pleased to introduce you to our 2024 Board of Directors.

Alistair BROWN
AustCham Lao, President
Kristy NEWBY
AustCham Lao, Vice President
AustCham Lao, Treasurer
Brendon BANGMA
AustCham Lao Board of Directors
AustCham Lao Board of Directors
AustCham Lao Board of Directors
Michael Phin
AustCham Lao Board of Directors
Souphaphone (Nana) SOUANNAVONG
AustCham Lao Board of Directors
Phanomsone Butta (La)
AustCham Lao Board of Directors
AustCham Lao Adviser
Executive Director, Austcham Lao
Oliver Purvis-Smith
Deputy Executive Director


Located in Southeastern Asia, northeast of Thailand, west of Vietnam.
Area: 236,800 sq km Population: 7.1 million (in 2018.) GDP: US$ 17.50 billion (in 2020) Local Currency: Lao Kip

Australian businesses have contributed to Laos’ economic development over many years, including in energy and resources, transport and logistics, and services sectors. An agreement on the promotion and protection of investment between Australia and Laos has been in place since 1995.

Two-way trade in goods and services was worth $129 million in 2018-19. Australia exported $29 million in goods and $39 million in services to Laos in this period. Major Australian goods exports include pumps for liquids and pump parts; specialised machinery and associated parts; civil engineering equipment and associated parts; and taps and valves. Imports from Laos in 2018-19 were worth $61 million ($24 million worth of goods and $37 million worth of services). Major goods imports include telecommunications equipment and parts; footwear; and jewellery

Australia and Laos are parties to the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement (AANZFTA), which entered into force on 1 January 2010 in Australia and 1 January 2011 in Laos. Australia and Laos are also negotiating parties to the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership.

The Australian Chamber of Commerce in Laos (AustCham Lao) was established in 2005 – the first international chamber of commerce in the country.

Since 2003 Australia has provided duty-free and quota-free access for Lao goods exported to Australia. Australia continues to support reforms that improve the business environment in Laos, particularly through our development assistance program.

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