On 30-31 January 2018, the Science Technology and Innovation Policy Institute (STIPI)/KMUTT in close cooperation with the Department of Planning and Cooperation, Ministry of Science and Technology, Lao PDR co-organized the workshop on The STI Strategy Design and Capacity Development Programme under the Initiative to Establish an ASEAN Open Innovation and Entrepreneurship Platform at Don Chan Palace Hotel in Vientiane, Lao PDR.

Its main objectives were to assess needs, identify priorities, share experiences and exchange the information among relevant stakeholders concerning the design of national strategy and industry promotion of Lao PDR. At the beginning of the workshop, the opening remarks was delivered by H.E. Houmphan Inthirath, Deputy Minister of Science and Technology of Lao PDR and also The National COST Chairman of Lao PDR.

The workshop focused on the policy and strategy planning for STI development in Lao PDR with an emphasis on herbal and organic products. About 30 participants from government and private sector of Lao PDR attended this workshop. After the workshop on 31 January 2018, their delegation visited at Traditional Research Institute and Organic Product Company of Lao PDR.