Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith on June 21 received a courtesy visit by 48 Japanese volunteers who have been working voluntarily in provinces across the country.
The Japanese Volunteer group was led by the Japanese Ambassador to Laos, Takeshi Hikihara and Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Chief Representative to Laos Youshiharu Yoneyama.
The Prime Minister said the volunteers’ close collaboration with local partners also played an important role in the nation’s social and economic development.
Prime Minister Thongloun praised the Japanese volunteers for giving their utmost efforts while working with Lao people in rural communities and with local authorities.
He praised the Japanese volunteers’ ability to speak the local language of various provinces.
He wished the volunteers good health and a successful mission in Laos, encouraging them to gain new experiences by learning about the Lao culture and language and continue to help establish and foster friendship and understanding through the transfer of knowledge and skills and sharing of their experience to Lao counterparts.
Since 1965, 953 JICA volunteers have been dispatched to Laos in various sectors, including health, education, sports, agriculture, culture, environment, engineering, and community development.
At present, in Laos, 60 JICA volunteers are engaged in 13 provinces namely Vientiane Capital, Vientiane province, Luang Prabang, Oudomxay, Xieng Khuang, Sayaboury, Borikhamxay, Khammuan, Savannakhet, Champassak, Salavane, Sekong and Attapeu provinces.
More than 48,500 Japanese citizens have been dispatched to 88 countries through the Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteer (JOCV) and senior Volunteer (SV) programs.
This year, three Sakura and three Champa trees were jointly planted by Prime Minister Thongloun and Japanese volunteers.
Source: Lao News Agency