Champassak businesses learn Japanese productivity lessons

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) - Employees, managers and administrators of public and private sector operations in Champassak province are currently participating in a five-day workshop in Pakxe as part of efforts to increase business productivity. 

The “Professional Employee Development Training Programme”, which runs until June 15, promotes productivity in manufacturing and services, including SMEs and large companies.

Speaking at the opening ceremony on Monday, President of the Lao National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LNCCI), Mr Oudet Souvannavong, said the key element for all types of businesses is skilled employees, especially those at the top management level.

“This training programme is the second event to be held at the provincial level, after another workshop was held in Savannakhet province recently. Another training session will take place in Champassak province from August 20-24,” he said.

Mr Oudet said the training programme will bolster development capacity in the business sector and promote up-to-date skills for employees from various companies.

Employees, managers and administrative staffers will learn about the “5S concepts” that are successfully used in Japan and other countries.

“The 5S theory is relevant to the Lao business sector, including SMEs and large companies, so they can compete with other companies regionally and internationally,” Mr Oudet said.

Basic 5S for productivity is a well-known and a universal theme applied to various aspects of the workplace. The term 5S comes from five Japanese words: Seiri, Seiton, Seiso, Seiketsu, Shitsuke, or the Japanese-style Kaizen, which is often translated into English as Sort, Set in Order, Shine, Standardise and Sustain.

The workshop is being organised by the Association for Overseas Technical Cooperation and Sustainable Partnership and implemented by the Technology Promotion Association (TPA Thailand-Japan) in collaboration with the LNCCI and the provincial Chamber of Commerce and Industry. 

This three-year programme runs from 2016 to 2018 and is funded by the Asean Economic Ministers and Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan Consultants- Economic and Industrial Cooperation Committee.

The project aims to contribute to the mutual economic growth of developing countries and Japan, and to enhance friendly relations between these countries.

Trainers are hopeful of using this Japanese formula to promote the capacity of Lao businesses and enhance the professional skills of employees, including managers and administrators, to apply basic 5S productivity in their organisations.

The newly declared city of Pakxe is home to numerous companies, factories and business units. This southernmost part of Laos shares borders with Vietnam to the east, Thailand to the west and Cambodia to the south, and local businesses must improve their capacity to enhance competitiveness with neighbouring countries.

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