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Laos Tax Forum 2017 – The Rapidly Changing Face of the Lao Tax Landscape | 8 December 2017 | Vientiane

The European Chamber of Commerce in Laos in conjunction with the Tax Department of the Ministry of Finance, DFDL Legal and Tax, and the European Union held the first-ever Lao Tax Forum in Vientiane, on 8 December 2017.

Rapid and sweeping changes are now starting to take hold on tax compliance requirements in the Lao PDR. In response, we have assembled a panel of prominent tax experts and officials and lead the half-day Forum, sharing practical insights, discussions, and perspectives on core taxation issues of concern.

The event was chaired by Jack Sheehan, DFDL Partner and ECCIL Vice President, while His Excellency Phouthanouphet Saysombath, Director General of the Lao Tax Department, introduced the discussions. VAT advisers to the Lao Government, along with leading tax practitioners such as Mr. Phommy Nammavong, Acting Director of the Tax Department, provided invaluable knowledge on the best methods of managing your company’s tax affairs in the Lao PDR. The speeches was followed by a Q&A session where attendees will have the chance to raise crucial taxation issues of concern with Lao tax department officials and the other panelists. These talks were provided both in Lao and English. Other key topics discussed at the forum by our tax experts ranged from the latest developments in Lao Tax Policy, recent changes to VAT regulations, the latest updates on Lao Accounting Compliance, to the new international developments throughout the region now beginning to bring their influence to bear on the Lao tax landscape.

8.30 am – Registration 
8.50 am – Opening remarks by Jack Sheehan, ECCIL Vice President and DFDL Partner  
9.00 am –Introductory remarks by H.E. Phouthanouphet Saysombath, Director General of the Tax Department
9.10 am – Lao Tax Policy, Mr. Phommy Nammavong, Acting Director of legislation Division, Tax Department, Ministry of Finance
9.40 am – Latest VAT Developments in Laos, Andre Vinck, VAT specialist and VAT adviser to the Government of Lao PDR
10.30 am – Coffee Break
10.50 am – Understanding your accounting compliance in Laos, Andrew Tan, Director of BDO  
11.10 am – How developments in the region are shaping the tax landscape, Jack Sheehan, Partner, DFDL
11.30 am – Panel Discussion moderated by Bryan Fornari, EU
11.45 am – Q&A
12.00 pm – Closing remarks by Bryan Fornari, European Union

Date: Friday, 8 December 2017

Time: 8:30am – 12:00pm

Venue: Crown Plaza Hotel 

Fee: ECCIL Members USD 40 & Non-ECCIL Members USD 50.

For more information, please contact ECCIL (Ms. Soupanith Lounalath at

DFDL Speaker:

Jack Sheehan
Head of Regional Tax Practice