What happens when outstanding government officials, researchers, and lecturers from Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, and Thailand from the Agriculture and Food Security, Environment and Water Security, and Connectivity LMI pillars come together for a three-day forum in Bangkok?  A successful showcasing of presentation and leadership skills, energized networking, and the development of potential collaborative projects. 

Three participants who excelled in each in-country's Professional Communication Skills for Leaders seminar and cross-border online distance learning course participated in the LMI Phase 2 English Language Support Project Forum: Strengthening Professional Collaboration Skills in Bangkok in March 2014.  They polished their presentation and meeting skills, learned new skills, and collaborated on a potential trans-border project.  A packed schedule of activities, presentations by pillar-specific experts from Thailand, and group/panel discussions culminated in a display of the participants’ project posters.

Sample projects included: Hydropower Zoning in LMI Countries, Lower Mekong Regional Road Maintenance, One Village, One Tablet, Public Information Data Center, and Lower Mekong Region Agriculture Cooperative in Marketing. Shown are participants fielding questions from their counterparts at the Centre Point Hotel Ploenchit on March 21, 2014. 

Source: The Regional English Language Office (RELO), U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand