The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has dispatched eight Japanese volunteers to the Lao PDR to contribute to socio-economic development and further enhance the existing cooperation between two countries.
The new group of Japanese volunteers on January 12 visited the Director General of the Department of International Cooperation of the Ministry of Planning and Investment, Mrs Sisomboun Ounavong, before starting their work in Laos.
This volunteer group, consisting of six Japanese Overseas Cooperation Volunteers (JOCVs) and two Senior Volunteers (SVs) has been dispatched by JICA for a period of two years to support socio-economic development and human resource development throughout the country.
Based upon numerous requests from recipient organizations, the volunteers will be assigned to Vientiane Capital and the provinces of Luang Prabang, Savannakhet and Xekong.
The new arrivals this month mean that JICA has raised the number of its volunteers (JOCVs and SVs) to 64 people currently working side-by-side with their Lao counterparts throughout the country. Among them there are 56 JOCVs and eight SVs. These volunteers continue to help establish and foster friendship and understanding through the technical transfer of knowledge and skills and the sharing of their experiences.
Since 1965, 952 JOCV/SV volunteers have been dispatched throughout Laos in various fields, including health, education, sports, agriculture, environment, engineering and community development and also for cultural exchange.
This latest batch of volunteers reaffirms JICA’s commitment to vigorously pursue its desire to make positive contributions to social and economic development of the Lao PDR.
Mrs Sisomboun said that Japanese volunteers have played an important role in the socio-economic development of the country.
She praised the Japanese volunteers for the great efforts and contributions that they will make during their mission in Laos.
Source: Lao News Agency