Over half a century ago, Lao PDR began its journey to become a modern nation and committed itself to long-term development ambitions. It has delivered electricity, schools, roads, and has become an important energy exporter.
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BANK CONTRIBUTIONThe AGI program is supported by US$ 20 million from the Adolescent Girls Initiative Multi-Donor Trust Fund.PARTNERSThe Bank’s partners in the AGI are the Nike Foundation and... Show More + the governments of Afghanistan, Australia, Denmark, Jordan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Liberia, Nepal, Norway, Rwanda, Southern Sudan, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.BENEFICIARIES“This is our chance to be independent. This is my chance to learn new things, and be a leader in my community—and one day teach other girls. We can’t allow our fear to overcome us."— Princess Sheriff, New Kru Town, Liberia "Before I went into the program, I didn’t know what to expect. I didn’t know how to communicate well. I didn’t know how a CV is done. Now, I know how to meet with Human Resources and I know how to negotiate.”— Borhan , Irbid, Jordan"It is an incredible experience and opportunity for me. My project focuses on manufacture of Lao traditional handicrafts and giving job op Show Less -
Vientiane, February 8, 2013---The economy of Lao PDR, commonly known as Laos, is modernizing rapidly and this has important implications for the work skills that are needed. To find and keep a job, more... Show More + and more workers will need a broader set of skills and abilities, which go beyond the ability to read and write. In the future, workers will be asked to quickly learn how to operate new machinery, work in larger teams, and solve more complicated problems.Evolving job requirementsThese additional job requirements may come faster than expected, with Laos’ economy opening wider for trade. In addition, part of ASEAN’s goal of transforming itself into a single market means that it will allow skilled workers to look for jobs across the region by 2015.There are some signs that many of these changes have already taken place. In a recent World Bank survey in Laos, businesses said that their biggest constraint to growth was finding adequately educated workers.Equipping Lao workers with such skill Show Less -