The ten Sector Working Groups (SWGs) are the key coordination platforms for each thematic area of development in Lao PDRs Round Table Process. They are led by the Government and include development partners, civil society organisations and representatives from the private sector.

The groups serve as discussion forums, aim to build consensus on development priorities, and make development cooperation more effective, as set out in the Vientiane Declaration of 2015. A relevant Ministry chairs each group while development partners, based on their expertise, serve as co-chairs. The Department for International Cooperation in the Ministry of Planning and Investment acts as an overall coordinating agency. The Department also manages the meetings of SWG Chairs and Co-Chairs.

Overview of Sector Working Groups and their Sub-Sector Working Groups
Health SWG 

Chair – Ministry of Health
Co-Chairs –Japan & World Health Organisation

  • Planning & Finance
  • Human Resources
  • Mother & Child Health & Nutrition
  • Health Care
  • Food & Drug
  • Hygiene & Health Promotion


Education SWG

Chair – Ministry of Education and Sports
Co-Chairs – Australia & European Union

  • Basic Education
  • Post-Basic Education
  • Education Management, Administration & Performance Assessment
  • Education Research & Analysis
  • Sports


Governance SWG 

Chairs – Ministry of Home Affairs & Ministry of Justice
Co-Chairs – United Nations Development Programme & Switzerland

  • Public Service Improvement
  • Legal & Institutional Oversight


Macroeconomics SWG

Chair – Ministry of Planning and Investment
Co-Chairs – Asian Development Bank & World Bank


Trade & Private Sector SWG

Chair – Ministry of Industry and Commerce
Co-Chairs – Germany & European Union


Infrastructure SWG 

Chair – Ministry of Public Works and Transport
Co-Chairs – Japan, Asian Development Bank & World Bank

  • Infrastructure Development
  • Transport
  • Water Sanitation & Urban Development


Mine Action & Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) SWG

Chairs – Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare, National Regulatory Authority for the UXO & Mine Action Sector in Lao PDR
Co-Chairs – United Nations Development Programme & United States of America

  • Clearance
  • Victim Assistance
  • UXO / Mine Risk Education


Illicit Drug Control SWG

Chair – Ministry of Public Security
Co-Chairs – Japan, Australia & United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

  • Drug
  • Crime


Agriculture & Rural Development SWG

Chair – Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry
Co-Chairs – France & Food and Agriculture Organisation

  • Agro-Biodiversity
  • Agri-Business
  • Forestry
  • Rural Development
  • Policy Think Tank


Natural Resource Management & Environment SWG

Chair – Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment
Co-Chairs – Germany & World Bank

  • Land
  • Geology & Minerals
  • Water Resource Management
  • Disaster, Climate Change & Environment