Three outgoing Japanese volunteers paid a farewell visit to Mrs. Saymonkham Mangnomek, Deputy Director General of International Cooperation Department of the Ministry of Planning and Investment at her office on March 15 before returning home.
The three Japanese volunteers are set to return home following the end of their two year mission assisting in development efforts in Laos.
The Japanese volunteers from the Japanese Overseas Cooperation Volunteers (JOCV) were led by Mr Shunsuke Sakudo, senior representative at the JICA Laos office.
The trio is set to return to Japan on March 19 following the completion of respective missions to the Lao PDR.
They reported on their activities in working with counterparts during the term of their assignment in the Lao PDR.
Each volunteer transferred technical knowledge and skills to counterparts and local officials while gaining valuable experience including the application of theory in the field and developing communication capacity in the Lao language.
The efforts of the volunteers and counterparts contributed to the further strengthening of the longstanding relations and cooperation between Laos and Japan.
Currently, JICA has a total of 61 volunteers, including eight senior volunteers, working in a variety of capacities around the country.
Volunteers from Japan have been working side by side with counterparts in 14 provinces from the north to the south of the rapidly developing landlocked country at the heart of the Mekong region.
Since 1965, 953 volunteers have been dispatched throughout Lao PDR by JICA in various fields of expertise such as public health, education-sports, agriculture-forestry, culture, environment, infrastructure engineering, rural community development and others.
The dispatch of the Japanese volunteers to the Lao PDR by JICA seeks to carry on the tradition of close cooperation between the governments of the two countries.
Source: Lao News Agency