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Vatthana Atanaphone (born September 23, 1985) is from Vientiane Capital, Laos. He attended National University of Laos as a chemistry major for three years before he quit and left for study in Australia under Australian Development Scholarships (ADS). Vatthana obtained his Bachelor of Economics from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.

Upon the completion of his study, Vatthana returned to his home country and started to work in the public sector for World Bank financed projects and later in the banking and financial sector.

During the past years, Vatthana has participated in various cultural exchange and leadership programs, taking on different roles such as a participant, a group leader, a facilitator and a coordinator for environment and corporate social contributions discussion topics. In addition to this, he has truly tried to involve himself in a variety of volunteer activities. For instance, he led students in making donations of food and money for Cooperative Orthotic and Prosthetic Enterprise in cooperation with a local corporation.

Currenlty, Vatthana is pursuing his MBA study in Japan under the Japanese Government (MEXT:Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology) Scholarship.

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Mekong River Weed Products

River weed or rock algae grows in Mekong River that runs through Chinas Yunna province, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. Lao people, especially those from Luangprabang province, collect and process river weed into seasoned dried sheets which is called khai-paen for consumption and sale. Although khai-paen is very popular among local people and tourists due to its scrumptious flavour and good nutrition, it is still produced in a small-commercial scale by traditional production process that does have good food hygiene standards. As a result, the existing product from river weed is usually found in unattractive packaging and not widely available at markets in other provinces or overseas. Our business objectives are (1) to provide quality standard products that meet customer satisfaction and demands, (2) to ensure that our products are produced in compliance with good business practice and (3) to promote local delicacy and improve its competitiveness in regional and international market, particularly after the establishment of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) in 2015. As we are determined to establish our business in a form of social enterprise, we believe that our business will be able to contribute significantly to sustainable development in economically, environmentally and socially responsible ways.

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