Nine new Japanese Volunteers dispatched to Laos paid on Wednesday a courtesy call to the Ambassador of Japan to Laos Takeshi Hikihara before they begin their volunteerism in the country.
The Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers (JOCVs) have been newly dispatched to Laos by JICA for two years of volunteerism.
They will help assist with the development of socio-economic and Human Resources across the country.
Based upon the requests from numerous recipient organizations, the Volunteers will be assigned to Vientiane Capital, Luang Prabang, Vientiane, Xayaboury, Oudomxay, and Khammuan.
Before heading off to their various assignments, Ambassador Hikihara welcomed the Volunteers at the Embassy of Japan in the Lao P.D.R.
The welcoming ceremony was held with the Participation of representatives from line organizations including: Ms Sisomboun Ounnavong, Director General of the Department of International Cooperation, Ministry of Planning and Investment.
Adding together the number of new volunteers who arrived this month and those who are currently working side-by-side with their Lao counterparts throughout the country, the number of JICA volunteers has increased to 51 (44 JOCVs) and 7 SVs).
These volunteers will 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, 987 JICA volunteers have been dispatched throughout Laos in various fields, including health, education, agriculture, engineering, sports, and community development.
The dispatch of this latest group of volunteers represents the commitments of the Japanese government to vigorously pursue its positive contribution to the social and economic development of the Lao PDR.
Source: Lao News Agency