Department of Economic and Social Affairs Public Institutions
Capacity Development and Consultation Workshop on Lao PDR National Data Governance Framework
Start Date/Time:
Thursday, May 11, 2023 9:00 AM
End Date/Time:
Friday, May 12, 2023 5:00 PM
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Capacity Development and Consultation Workshop

on Lao PDR National Data Governance Framework

Date/time: 11 - 12 May 2023
Venue: Crowne Plaza, Vientiane
(lunch and coffee breaks will be provided at the Workshop venue)
Number of participants: 50 - 60
(Note: by invitation only; including organizers, resource persons and support staff)


UN DESA in collaboration with the Ministry of Technology and Communications (MTC) of the Government of Lao PDR will be hosting a national consultation workshop with representatives from governments, private, public sector, civil societies, academia and other key stakeholders to develop a national data governance framework.


The objective of the National Consultation Workshop is three-fold, as follows:

  • Engage stakeholders from different agencies and other non-government stakeholders to participate in the official dialogue and knowledge exchange on proposing a national data governance framework for Lao PDR
  • Eiscuss the existing opportunity and gap assessments for proposed focus areas, emerging from dialogue and interaction among workshop participants, including the proposed UN DESA data governance framework of 4 pillars and 6 elements
  • Identify the next course of action in strategic planning and implementation for setting up a national data governance framework

The primary thematic areas of the Workshop are as follows:


Four (4) pillars of National Data Governance: Policy, Institutions, People/Partnerships, Processes:

  • Policy: existing policy and regulatory framework;
  • Institutions: existing institutional framework
  • People: existing data ecosystem and mapping of stakeholders
  • Processes: existing data processes


Six (6) elements of National Data Governance:

  • Data standards and classification
  • Data sharing, exchange and interoperability, including open government data
  • Data security (and data protection)
  • Data privacy (and ethics)
  • National data infrastructure (including e.g., datacenter, cloud, data services, etc.)
  • Linking data governance to digital identity)



Concept Note

Workshop Agenda

Bios of speakers


Opening Session
1. H.E Keovisouk SOLAPHOM, Deputy Minister of Technology and Communications (MTC)
2. Mr. Juwang Zhu, Director, Division for Public Institutions and Digital Government (DPIDG), UN DESA
3. Ms. Sara Sekkenes, United Nations Resident Coordinator

Presentations (Day 1)
1. Setting the scene (MTC’s role, workshop agenda and expected outcomes), Ms. Vannapha Phommathansy, Deputy Director General, MTC
2. Setting the scene (UN DESA’s role; data governance project and expected outcomes), Mr. Wai Min Kwok, Senior Governance and Public Administration Officer, UN DESA
3. National Trends and Development in Lao PDR, Ms. Vannapha Phommathansy, Deputy Director General, MTC
4. Steps on Building National Data Governance, Mr. Wai Min Kwok, Senior Governance and Public Administration Officer, UN DESA
5. Data equity and inclusion, Anju Mangal
6. Initial findings of baseline study of Lao PDR National Data Governance, Dr Piya Wongpit , UN DESA Consultant


Presentations (Day 2)

1. Sharing case study in Republic of Korea, Ms Hyejeong Lim, Principal Manager of Open Data Center, National Information Society Agency, Republic of Korea  

2. Sharing case study in Singapore, Ms Karen Kee, Deputy Director, International and Community Engagement Lead Government Technology Agency (GovTech), Republic of Singapore
3. Introducing ITU’s GovStack Initiative, Mr. Ashish Narayan and Mr. Nabhonil Roy, ITU Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
4. Lao PDR Statistics, Mr. Kingphet Atsanavong, Deputy Director General Cabinet of Lao Statistics Bureau
5. Data Governance in Lao PDR- what works, and what doesn’t work, Mr Anoloth Phanvongsa , UN DESA Consultant


FINAL Workshop Report (pending)



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