The European Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Lao PDR (or ECCIL) had its foundation general assembly on May 3rd, 2011, and its board met on May 9th, the Europe Day, to elect the Chairman, the Vice Chair persons and the Treasurer. Currently it is in the approval process with the Lao authorities.
In some aspects ECCIL continues the work of the former French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Laos, but on a broader scale and with a more international membership. The chamber accepts companies and individuals as members which are from or have close ties to the EU. The purpose of ECCIL is to represent the European business community in Laos and to offer services to members and non-members. Its main objective is to promote and increase business between Lao PDR and EU member states for their mutual benefit and for the benefit of its members. This includes, among others, the promotion of investment, raising the profile of Lao PDR in the European business community and vice versa, and to promote linkages between Lao and European SME.