The Japanese government has provided JPY 321 million (US$ 2.9 million) as a grant to fund a human resource development project in laos.
Scheduled for 2018-2019, the project will support five sectors: finance, service, infrastructure, agriculture and education.
A memorandum of understanding on the grant project was signed at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Vientiane Capital between Japanese Ambassador to Laos Takeshi Hikihara and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Khamphao Ernthavanh in the presence of relevant officials of both sides.
Ambassador Takeshi emphasized the importance of human resource development for nation-building. He renewed Japan’s commitment to the sustainable development of the Lao PDR according to the Japan-Laos Joint Development Cooperation Plan for the Sustainable Development of Lao PDR, which was jointly announced last year by Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe.
The project awards scholarships to those who are engaged in socio-economic development in Lao PDR to study at graduate schools in Japan for advanced learning and research, said Mr Takeshi.
Since 1999 when the programme started, the programme has sponsored 334 Lao citizens to study in Japan. This year, 20 such scholarship students are expected.
The project has contributed to the implementation of the socio-economic development plan, which is one of the government’s priorities to ensure the development of human resources to required capacity, said Ms Khamphao.
During Prime Minister Thongloun’s visit to Japan, Japanese Prime Minister Sinzo Abe announced the provision of grant support of JPY 300 million for human resource development through long-term training courses for master’s and doctoral degrees for officials of the Ministry of Public Works and Transport, and for improving the capacity building of senior officials of Laos.
Source: Lao News Agency